Chinese Canadian scientist Qiu Xiangguo was dismissed earlier this year after sending a deadly virus to China.
Chinese scientist Qiu Xiangguo and her husband Keding Cheng, formerly of the National Microbiology Laboratory of Canada, were fired by Canadian authorities earlier this year. There are concerns about what virus the two men sent to Wuhan, China, but the Public Health Agency of Canada has refused to disclose the situation. MPs believe the matter is a risky issue for Canada and China, and have asked the authorities to send relevant documents to the House of Commons law clerk for review within 10 days.
The Wuhan pneumonia outbreak began at the end of 2019, coincidentally after Qiu Xiangguo, a Chinese-born scientist working at Canada’s highest-security national microbiology laboratory, sent samples of Ebola and Henipah viruses, known as the “world’s deadliest pathogens,” to the Wuhan Institute in China in March 2019. Wuhan Institute in China.
Subsequently, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Security Intelligence Service and the Public Health Agency of Canada began an investigation into Qiu Xiangguo and her husband, Cheng Keding, who were suspended without pay. By January 20 of this year, the two were confirmed to have been fired by the Public Health Agency.
Canadian authorities have continually stressed that the virus sent to China in 2019 had nothing to do with the current outbreak of the new coronavirus, but why exactly were the two men fired? What research procedures did the virus sent to Wuhan undergo? What other collaborations did the two men have with Chinese research authorities? These questions have remained mysteriously unanswered by Canadian authorities.
The Canadian House of Commons Committee on Canada-China Relations, which has not been able to provide original documents on the two men’s involvement, asked the public health director, the vice president of the national laboratory and the executive director of the Department of Justice to appear Monday to explain the Qiu Xiangguo case, but all three declined to give their side of the story, citing privacy laws.
We have redacted information that relates to personal information, investigations or security matters,” said Public Health Administrator Iain Stewart. We are not unwilling to cooperate, but as public servants, we have a responsibility to keep confidential information confidential.”
Canadian media reported that Canadian intelligence officers removed Chinese-born virologist Qiu Xiangguo (left), her husband (right) and a number of students from China from Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory on the 5th of this month for violating relevant terms. (Video screenshot)
MP Michael Chong criticized the Public Health Agency for treating human life as a joke, and Canada should not be as reluctant as China to tell the world the truth about the origin of the virus. Since the Department of Health keeps emphasizing that this has nothing to do with the New Coronavirus (a Chinese communist virus), it is even more important to find out if there are other problems. “The fact is that Qiu Xiangguo helped train professional laboratory personnel in China, helped build the highest-rated laboratory in China, she traveled to China five times, and just over six months after she sent the virus samples to China, the outbreak of the neo-coronavirus occurred. Do Canadians have a right to know what is going on in this? What is the direction of virus research in Canada and China?”
Amir Attaran, a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and School of Public Health, also said Qiu Xiangguo’s sending of the virus to the Wuhan lab in China was a highly questionable transaction. When it comes to an extremely deadly virus, the nation needs to know what vetting has been done by the authorities.
Ultimately the committee passed a motion that the Public Health Service must deliver unredacted copies of the Qiu Xiangguo affair to the House law clerk within ten days, and then the committee will meet behind closed doors to determine what can be released publicly.