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Escaped in the United States, Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan says that China and WHO already knew the existence and danger of the new coronavirus before they were released. “I know how they treat whistleblowers,” he said.
The virology and immunology specialist said the Chinese government and the World Health Organization (WHO) were aware of the virus’s existence and danger, long before they officially announced the outbreak in the Chinese city of Whuan and launched international alerts. .
Li-Meng Yan was one of the virologists in charge of studying the coronavirus, until the discoveries led her to flee China to the United States, she said, in an exclusive interview with Fox News. The epidemiologist’s problems at the University of Hong Kong’s Public Health began when she warned the government of the lethality and dangerousness of the virus, long before China recognized the problem. The expert planned the flight to the United States when she realized that Beijing would not let her tell her what she knew. “The reason I came to the United States is because I have to tell the truth about the covid-19. If I had told my story in China, I would have disappeared or been murdered,” he denounced, also saying that his superiors were also in silence and hid the investigation, whose findings he says could have helped save many lives, he said.
According to Fox News, the virologist says she was one of the first scientists in the world to study the new coronavirus. He says he received, in late 2019, an order from his WHO supervisor and consultant, Leo Poon, to carry out a secret investigation into a new virus similar to the one that caused the first SARS epidemic, identified in 2002. “The Government of China refused to allow foreign experts, including those from Hong Kong (autonomous territory), to investigate in China (…) I then went to my friends to collect more information “, he explained.
It was then that a friend, a scientist at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told him, on December 31, 2019, that person-to-person transmission was characteristic of the new coronavirus, which both China and China WHO would come to recognize it only much later. As early as January, the WHO issued a statement in which it announced, based on information from Chinese authorities, that the virus “could cause serious illness in some patients”, but that it did not spread easily between people.