Cheng Xiaonong: International tracing of the source of the new coronavirus

After the severe consequences of the global epidemic, the source of the outbreak remains a mystery. Due to the inability of the World Health Organization to investigate, there is now a growing international outcry to trace the source of the epidemic. Can this call and pressure uncover the “black box” of the source of the virus of the epidemic? The author tries to make an analysis.

First, the global epidemic situation is not optimistic

So far, the global epidemic has resulted in a total of more than 167 million cases and over 3.48 million deaths. Although the number of new cases and deaths in the European region has declined considerably, the global cases are still very high overall. In particular, the emergence of a variant of the virus in India has resulted in more than 27 million confirmed cases and 310,000 deaths in India.

On May 25 alone, the ten countries with the highest number of new confirmed cases and deaths were: India with nearly 210,000 confirmed cases and 4,172 deaths; Brazil with 73,000 confirmed cases and 2,173 deaths; the United States with 22,000 confirmed cases and 605 deaths; Russia with nearly 8,000 confirmed cases and 385 deaths; Japan with nearly 4,000 confirmed cases and 106 deaths; Germany with nearly 3,000 confirmed cases and 272 The United Kingdom has more than 2,000 confirmed cases and 15 deaths; France has more than 2,000 confirmed cases and 221 deaths; South Korea has 700 confirmed cases and 2 deaths; Taiwan has 283 confirmed cases and 6 deaths.

Since the outbreak, a total of 33.17 million cases of infection have been diagnosed in the United States, representing about one-tenth of the population, with at least 590,000 deaths. The ten U.S. states with the worst outbreaks are California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey and North Carolina.

Although many Americans have been vaccinated, a report released May 25 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that of the approximately 100 million people vaccinated with the new crown vaccine at the end of April, 46 states reported 10,262 cases, all of which were still infected after vaccination, or about 1 in 10,000 vaccinated people; of the more than 10,000 cases, there were 995 hospitalizations and 160 deaths. The CDC says that this number is likely to be a “serious underestimate” and that more than half of the 10,000 people infected after vaccination were infected by the variant.

The mystery of the origin of the virus cannot be solved

Whether the outbreak is a one-time crisis or not depends on whether a key mystery can be solved. That mystery is: where did the virus come from? If the virus is only formed by individual animals in nature by chance, such as bats or pangolins, as the Chinese Communist Party says, as long as such animals are not constantly and repeatedly shuttling between nature and human society every day, they will not endanger human society by spending time with humans. But if the virus is artificially created, it is very crucial whether this virus is still kept in the laboratory now. As long as this virus still exists in the laboratory, will there be an intentional human leak even if an accidental type leak no longer occurs? Whether it was an accidental leak or a man-made leak, how exactly the virus spread in the community and then how quickly it spread around the world also remains a mystery.

Without an answer to this mystery, the global fight against the epidemic is somewhat of a “blind man riding a blind horse”. This mystery remains unanswered because the Chinese Communist Party has kept the lid on it. The historical record of the CCP proves that it has always used strong administrative measures to cover up the epidemic, and the institutional rule of “secrecy” of the epidemic has never changed. In the initial stage of the epidemic, Wuhan was unprepared, the whole country was unprepared, and the world was unaware of the epidemic because the CCP strictly followed the system of “source” secrecy, and the system of “secrecy” of the epidemic directly contributed to the spread of the epidemic. While the prevention of large-scale infectious diseases is a public health event, the CCP has kept the public from learning about the epidemic and only wants to solve the public health event by “quietly eliminating the epidemic under secrecy”.

More notably, the May 7 edition of The Weekend Australian reported that a 2015 report written by Chinese military scientists and high-ranking Communist Party public health officials discussed the “weaponization” of the SARS virus. The document, obtained by U.S. State Department officials last May, is titled “Unnatural Origins of SARS and Genetic Weapons of a New Human-Made Virus. The article says that the SARS virus heralds a “new era of genetic weapons” that can be “artificially manipulated” to become “emerging human disease viruses” and then “weaponize and release them in unprecedented ways.” The report also states that World War III “will be a biological war” and that the core of victory will be “biological weapons.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s (ASPI) National Defense University Tracker found that 10 of the report’s 18 authors were linked to the Fourth Military Medical University, the Air Force’s military medical university in Xi’an, and were Communist Party scientists and experts on biological and chemical weapons. “conclusive evidence” (smoking gun): “I think it’s important because it clearly shows that Chinese scientists are considering military applications of different strains of coronavirus and thinking about how to deploy it. It begins to confirm the possibility that what we are seeing here (referring to COVID-19) is an accidental leak of a pathogen used for military purposes.” He believes the document may explain why the Chinese Communist Party has been trying to prevent outside investigations into the origin of the virus.

At the beginning of this outbreak, the earliest studies on the 41 cases of the outbreak found that 27 people had contact with Wuhan’s South China Seafood Market, but the remaining 14 people, or 34 percent, had no contact. This means that there are other sources of the virus. What exactly are the other sources, and where did the virus from the seafood market come from? The Wuhan Institute of Virus Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan was tapped early last year and has attracted attention on social media. This institute houses the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (also known as the Wuhan P4 Laboratory; P4 means that the laboratory has the highest biosafety level of Level 4), a laboratory that studies virulent infectious diseases such as anthrax and cholera. However, after the outbreak, the Chinese Communist military secretly imposed military control on this institution. Analysis of this military control incident reveals the reason why the mystery of the epidemic is so difficult to solve.

Wuhan Virus Institute Military Control Incident

Radio France Internationale (RFI) first revealed the military control of the Wuhan Virus Institute on February 8 last year. It reported that “Major General Chen Wei, China’s chief biochemical weapons defense expert, has recently taken over the Wuhan P4 virus laboratory, a move that reveals the possible military connection of the Wuhan P4 virus laboratory.

Chen Wei is the director of the Institute of Biological Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Military Medical Sciences. She graduated with a master’s degree from Tsinghua University in 1991 and was specially recruited into the military just before graduation. Her rank at the time of enlistment was lieutenant, but she has now been promoted to major general, one of the rare rapid promotions of civilian officers. Her Academy of Military Medical Sciences established the PLA Center for Disease Prevention and Control in 2003, with the task of preventing and controlling diseases in the military system, to which Chen Wei’s work is related. 2016 military system reform, the Academy of Military Medical Sciences was merged into the Academy of Military Sciences, the President of the Academy of Military Sciences is the rank of general, the President of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences is the rank of lieutenant general. Chen Wei, the director of the institute, has the rank of major general, indicating that she has risen to the highest position of professionals, as she is the army’s chief biochemical weapons defense expert, presiding over the operations of the Institute of Biological Engineering and Wuhan Virus Institute counterpart.

Chen Wei was “airborne” in Wuhan four days after the “city closure”, when Wuhan Tianhe Airport was closed, no civil flights, she was probably sent by civil or military aircraft. This indicates that her trip to Wuhan was ordered by the military hierarchy, and that the mission was an urgent and important one that had to be carried out immediately. There are no local units of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Wuhan, but there may be collaborating units, such as the Wuhan Virus Institute.

With the epidemic already spreading nationwide, Chen Wei headed the PLA Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is responsible for securing the grassroots troops and already has a heavy task in itself, but she put down the PLA CDC’s epidemic prevention work regardless and stayed at the Wuhan Virus Institute. This shows that dealing with the Wuhan Virus Institute is more urgent and important than the epidemic prevention of the entire army. This is the first concern of the military control incident at the Wuhan Virus Institute. Chen Wei at the Wuhan Virus Institute was at first just a low-key investigation and mastery of the situation, and the military’s chief biochemical weapons expert flew to Wuhan on a special flight after the city was closed and stayed at the Wuhan Virus Institute, implying that this institute was linked to the outbreak in Wuhan.

The second concern about the military control of the Wuhan Virus Institute is the announcement that Chen Wei took over the Wuhan Virus Institute’s P4 virus laboratory as a major general. This is an extremely rare exception. If the laboratory was just an ordinary civilian research institution unrelated to the epidemic, the military should not have taken it over, and there was no need for a major general at the divisional level, the nation’s chief expert in biochemical weapons defense, to fly in to “take over” at such a critical moment. The takeover actually shows that Wuhan Virus Institute not only has a significant relationship with the epidemic, but also has close cooperation with the military; perhaps some of the research projects of Wuhan Virus Institute were entrusted by the military and are related to the biochemical weapons being developed by the military.

The third concern about the military control of the Wuhan Virus Institute is that the military takeover is military control, with the purpose of using military discipline and military law to control the laboratory and implement strict secrecy measures to keep the outside world from knowing top secret information about the military’s biological warfare commissioned projects and related epidemics. This means that the military control of the Wuhan Virus Institute means that all speculation about the source of the epidemic can no longer be verified; the military control is equivalent to building a high wall to seal off the laboratory, much more severe than the closure of Wuhan; at the same time, the military probably destroyed all traces of the Wuhan Virus Institute; furthermore, if any further information is leaked, the person concerned may be subject to military justice. In this way we can understand where the source of this epidemic really is, and no one can find any evidence.

Fourth, what role did WHO play in the spread of the epidemic?

The WHO cadre includes officials sent by the CCP, and they are certainly well aware of the CCP’s secrecy system for all epidemics. Yet, WHO has the responsibility to guide governments around the world in the prevention of the epidemic. For these WHO CCP officials, it was their responsibility to unravel the mystery of the source of the virus in order to provide timely guidance to international epidemic prevention if it was necessary for global epidemic prevention, while they had to help cover up the mystery from the requirement of their superiors to protect the image of the CCP. These are two conflicting missions, and so we see that they are paid a high salary by WHO, but betray their business function by acting as accomplices in the CCP’s cover-up of the epidemic. In turn, this role was cloaked in the garb of an international organization, and the Chinese Communist officials at WHO and WHO Director-General Desai Tan deceived the world, leading to the global spread of the epidemic and the deaths of more than 3 million people.

The WHO report on the novel coronavirus outbreak released on January 26 states that “China faces a very high risk of outbreak and a high level of risk regionally and globally,” according to AFP. A footnote in the report states that the WHO report released on January 23, 24 and 25, which stated that the risk of the outbreak was “moderate,” was incorrect. However, when asked by the media to explain such an error, WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib downplayed it as a “terminological error”. There is in fact no accountability mechanism for such an international organization, which misled the world about the epidemic and for which the organization and its director are not responsible. The biggest drawback of these international organizations is that they are not punishable for their mistakes.

First, according to Reuters, on January 14 of last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) had confirmed that the new coronavirus had “already” been transmitted from person to person on a limited basis; however, under pressure from the Chinese Communist Party, the WHO changed the report to “possible” human-to-human transmission on the grounds that, according to Chinese government investigations, no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission could be found. This approach lowered the precaution of governments that a localized outbreak in one Chinese city would have little impact on foreign countries.

Second, it was not until January 22 of last year, when China’s National Health Commission released its Pneumonia Prevention and Control Program for Novel Coronavirus Infections (Second Edition), that it acknowledged the existence of human-to-human transmission in cases of Wuhan pneumonia, but still concluded that the incubation period may not be contagious. The World Health Organization copied the Chinese Communist Party’s narrative and acted as a Communist Party sounding board to cover up the truth of the epidemic, misleading the world into thinking that virus carriers in the incubation period without symptoms of infection would not spread the virus, so that countries were unprepared for the hundreds of thousands of possible virus carriers who flew around the world on the eve of Wuhan’s closure, resulting in the rapid spread of the virus around the world. The first official acknowledgement of human-to-human transmission was made on the day after Wuhan was sealed off. Before the city was sealed off, it was the peak period of the international exodus of Wuhan people, and in order to let them reach various countries smoothly, the CCP deliberately did not acknowledge that the epidemic would be contagious; only when Wuhan was sealed off and flights were stopped did the CCP acknowledge that the epidemic would be contagious, and the hundreds of thousands of Wuhan people who flew abroad had already arrived in various countries around the world, and the epidemic thus spread to the whole world.

Third, on February 5 last year, China’s National Health Commission released the “Pneumonia Treatment Protocol for Novel Coronavirus Infections (Trial Version 5)”, which made it clear for the first time that asymptomatic infected people could also be a source of infection. This was when countries began to ban flights, but the Chinese Communist Party had already sent hundreds of thousands of international travelers to countries around the world, many of whom were transmitters of the virus. “Human-to-human transmission” dictates that an infected person does not necessarily have to have contact with Wuhan people, and that a person who does not have a fever can infect others as well. Thus, the early absence of precautions for asymptomatic infected people led to the rapid global spread of the epidemic.

Fourth, the World Health Organization has covered up the Chinese Communist Party’s evil practice of suppressing the number of confirmed cases. This is because the CCP’s “confirmation rate” is not the same thing as other countries’ “confirmation rates,” which are not infection rates, but incidence rates. From the beginning, the CCP deliberately used the “incidence rate” as the “confirmed rate” to make countries around the world believe that the number of infections is small and does not matter. To this day, most countries still do not get it.

Fifth, after the outbreak in China, the WHO suggested sending someone to China to assist in the investigation, but the Chinese Communist Party refused. The WHO chose to “trust” the CCP unconditionally and passively “broadcast” the CCP’s cover-up of the epidemic, even though it was clear that the CCP was guilty of covering up the Sars epidemic in the first place. This year, the WHO sent a team to Wuhan to investigate the epidemic, but ended up acting as a sounding board for unreliable information under strict secrecy.

V. The origin of the epidemic rears its ugly head

The first to speak out against the WHO was the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), a specialized agency for the prevention of infectious diseases. Jaap van Dissel, director of the agency’s Center for Infectious Disease Control, said in an interview with online media on March 22 last year that the root cause of European countries being the hardest hit was that they had listened to information from the Chinese Communist Party and the WHO. He said, “The WHO made an assessment of what was most likely to happen at the time and said the risk of transmission seemed low. We in the Netherlands and other European countries, such as Germany and France, took the same position. That was the basic position of the WHO at the time.”

In March, following the release of the Wuhan investigation report by the Chinese and WHO expert groups, Tandse said that WHO experts had encountered difficulties in obtaining the raw data; the study’s assessment that a “laboratory leak was highly unlikely” was not yet sufficient and needed further study. This statement leaves a back door for the “laboratory leak of the virus”.

In a recent article published in Science, a group of world-renowned scientists with relevant experience criticized the WHO report on the source of the outbreak, saying, “Only four pages of the 313-page report and its annexes mention the possibility of a laboratory accident. …… Until we have enough data, we must get enough data, we must take seriously the assumptions about natural and laboratory spills.”

In a May 16 interview on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, former Secretary of State Pompeo said the Chinese Communist Party was “doing everything it could” to cover up the most suspicious source of the new coronavirus at the Wuhan virus lab. The extent of the cover-up was “amazing. He said that every piece of evidence the U.S. saw throughout its investigation into the source of the virus while he was secretary of state indicated that “the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research. “I have yet to see evidence to the contrary. …… The evidence continues to accumulate, even though the Communist Party does not allow anyone to enter the laboratory, access to the original material related to the virus, or outside contact with the doctors who work there. ” He spoke of “the combination of the circumstantial evidence that we have, coupled with the fact that the CCP has made such a tremendous effort to deny information related to that lab, these are strong indications to us that that (Wuhan virus lab) is where the (CCP) virus originated.”

Pompeo also said that in January, the U.S. government declassified a series of information related to the origin of the virus that showed that doctors in Wuhan, China, were showing symptoms of infection with the virus as early as 2019, “and that’s all true.” He believes this proves that the Chinese Communist Party was fully aware long before the World Health Organization (WHO) went to Wuhan to investigate: the virus can be passed from person to person. “There is growing evidence that the Chinese Communist Party’s actions [in handling this outbreak] were not just reckless or negligent, but that its intentions may have been worse,” Pompeo denounced.

One of the messages Pompeo referred to was recently exposed by The Wall Street Journal on May 23. Citing a U.S. intelligence report, the newspaper said that in November 2019, three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research “developed serious illnesses” and were taken to hospital with symptoms similar to those of New Coronavirus. This was 1 month before China reported its first case of New Crown pneumonia. The Wall Street Journal report noted that the intelligence report they saw was more specific than the State Department report that had been released, providing not only the number of people who became ill at the Wuhan viral P4 lab and the timing of their illnesses, but also details of their hospital visits.

This report raised an important clue: 1 month before the CCP announced the discovery of the 1st case of illness the previous December, someone at the Wuhan Virus Institute had been infected and showed similar symptoms. But the CCP kept this highly secret, trying to silence suspicions of a spreading virus at the Wuhan Virus Institute altogether. On May 26, the media in major countries released news focusing on the Wuhan Institute.

VI. Can the international tracing of the source of the outbreak be successful?

In a video message sent to the WHO annual ministerial meeting on May 25, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra called for a second phase of investigation into the origin of the new coronavirus. He said the U.S. hopes the next phase of the investigation will be more rigorous.

After the Wall Street Journal story ran, at least six Republican U.S. federal members of Congress focused on the matter. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted, “I asked Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH) about the many reasons why COVID escaped from Wuhan and the many reasons why we should not have funded but did fund Wuhan or any experiment that created a functionally enhanced virus. ” Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) had already sent a letter to Fauci last week asking NIH to answer on Wuhan virus labs and other related content. He tweeted again, “It is extremely important to obtain what is happening at the Wuhan lab and the progress of the functional enhancement experiments there. I look forward to NIH’s cooperation and response to my go-to letter.” Sen. Mike Braun (R-Okla.) said he co-sponsored a bill with colleague Josh Hawley (R-Okla.) that would require the Biden administration to declassify all intelligence between the Wuhan Institute for Virus Research and the COVID pandemic. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Iowa) also reiterated his call for U.S. intelligence agencies to declassify the documents, tweeting, “The Chinese Communist Party continues to lie, shirk responsibility, and refuse to cooperate in the investigation of the Wuhan Institute for Virus Research. We must declassify the intelligence we already have so that the American people – and the world – can begin to get answers about the origins of the pandemic.”

Biden, on May 26, asked U.S. intelligence agencies to collect and analyze information about the origins of the new coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world and report their findings to the White House three months later. The federal Senate, for its part, passed a bill on May 26 that would require the director of national intelligence to declassify any and all information about the Wuhan Institute of Virus’ potential connection to the origins of the virus within three months. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle said there is no clear conclusion on the origin of the virus, but they are unhappy that China “continues to obstruct the investigation of facts related to the origin of the virus. Some Republicans have said outright that they “don’t trust China” and “shouldn’t rule anything out” on the investigation. The Senate on May 25 also included several bipartisan amendments to the China Endless Frontier Act that would prohibit federal funds from going to national laboratories in China, including the Wuhan Institute for Virus Research. Iowa Republican Rep. Joni Ernst, who introduced an amendment, said, “Instead of cooperating with …… to reveal the origins of the outbreak after the CCP virus appeared near the Wuhan Institute, Chinese officials ordered the destruction of some coronavirus samples and prevented (investigators) from entering the lab. The amendment will ensure that not one more dime of taxpayer money will be used to subsidize communist China.” The Endless Frontier Act was designed to counter China’s economic and geopolitical ambitions, and the U.S. House and Senate intelligence committees began separate investigations into the origins of the Communist Chinese virus and how the U.S. government responded to the crisis.

The CCP must have destroyed all evidence at the Wuhan Virus Institute; at the same time, the highest levels of the CCP have ordered all levels of government to tightly control and block information on virus research data and related research results. Any articles and statements doubting and questioning official claims about the source of the virus have completely disappeared from the Chinese domestic media and internet. Therefore, international tracing of the source of the epidemic cannot obtain first-hand information and can only use circumstantial evidence for investigation and analysis.