Add to that China’s
active suppression of lab-origin theories while their partners at the World Health Organization continue to hunt for some heretofore non-existent crossover species, and it doesn’t take Matlock to figure out that the official narrative is severely flawed.
The government is handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to scientists researching the virus’ origins in southern China and affiliated with the military, the AP has found. But it is monitoring their findings and mandating that the publication of any data or research must be approved by a new task force managed by China’s cabinet, under direct orders from President Xi Jinping, according to internal documents obtained by the AP. A rare leak from within the government, the dozens of pages of unpublished documents confirm what many have long suspected: The clampdown comes from the top.
As a result, very little has been made public.
Authorities are severely limiting information and impeding cooperation with international scientists. – Associated Press
“What did they find?” asks Duke University epidemiologist, Gregory Gray, who oversees a lab in China studying the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to people. “Maybe their data were not conclusive, or maybe they suppressed the data for some political reason. I don’t know … I wish I did.”
Coronavirus found in horseshoe bat feces from a Yunnan cave, collected by the WIV team known for manipulating bat coronaviruses, was found to be 96.2% identical to SARS-CoV-2
Scientists familiar with China’s public health system say the CCP’s standard operating procedure of information control and censorship apply to all aspects of COVID-19 research.
“They only select people they can trust, those that they can control,” said one public health expert who works regularly with China’s CDC. “Military teams and others are working hard on this, but whether it gets published all depends on the outcome.”
According to the report, Beijing worries that investigations will also reveal that they were
negligent in the spread of the virus.
Some public health experts warn that China’s refusal to grant further access to international scientists has jeopardized the global collaboration that pinpointed the source of the SARS outbreak nearly two decades ago. Jonna Mazet, a founding executive director of the UC Davis One Health Institute, said
the lack of collaboration between Chinese and U.S. scientists was “a disappointment” and the inability of American scientists to work in China “devastating.”
There’s so much speculation around the origins of this virus,” Mazet said. “We need to step back…and let scientists get the real answer without the finger-pointing.” – Associated Press
Steering the narrative
AP has caught up and corroborated what we’ve been reporting on ad nauseam – albeit via burning their own hand on the stove – they’re also piecing together the enormous disinformation campaign employed by Beijing to try and control the narrative.
After the initial batch of COVID-19 cases were traced to the Hunan Seafood market in Wuhan, authorities began collecting samples for analysis – finding that 33 out of 585 environmental samples tested positive for the virus.
“This corona(virus) is very close to SARS,” wrote Canadian microbiologist Gary Kobinger, a WHO adviser, according to internal China CDC data obtained by
AP. “ If we put aside an accident … then I would look at the bats in these markets (sold and ‘wild’).“
Then, “As the virus continued spreading rapidly into February, Chinese scientists published a burst of research papers on COVID-19. Then a paper by two Chinese scientists proposed without concrete evidence that the virus could have leaked from a Wuhan laboratory near the market. It was later taken down, but it raised the need for image control.”
Internal documents show that the state soon began requiring all coronavirus studies in China to be approved by high-level government officials — a policy that critics say paralyzed research efforts.
A China CDC lab notice on Feb. 24 put in new approval processes for publication under “important instructions” from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Other notices , specimens or other information related to the coronavirus with outside institutions or individuals. ordered CDC staff not to share any data
Then on March 2, Xi emphasized “coordination” on coronavirus research, state media reported.
The next day, China’s cabinet, the State Council, centralized all COVID-19 publication under a special task force. The notice, obtained by the AP and marked “not to be made public,” was far more sweeping in scope than the earlier CDC notices, applying to all universities, companies and medical and research institutions.
The order said It went on to warn that those who publish without permission, “causing serious adverse social impact, shall be held accountable.” communication and publication of research had to be orchestrated like “a game of chess” under instructions from Xi, and propaganda and public opinion teams were to “guide publication.” – Associated Press
“The regulations are very strict, and they don’t make any sense,” said one former China DCD deputy director on condition of anonymity. “
I think it’s political, because people overseas could find things being said there that might contradict what China says, so it’s all being controlled.“
thousands of samples were taken from the Hunan Seafood market, no findings were ever made public. Yet, on May 25, CDC chief Gao Fu finally broke the silence – telling China’s Phoenix TV that no animal samples from the market had tested positive, ruling out the market as the likely source of the virus despite its link to the majority of new cases in the region.
China’s government-controlled media
used the theory to suggest the original outbreak in Wuhan could have started with seafood imported from abroad — a notion international scientists reject. WHO has said it is very unlikely that people can be infected with COVID-19 via packaged food, and that it is “highly speculative” to suggest COVID-19 did not start in China. Bi did not respond to requests for an interview, and China has not provided enough virus samples for a definitive analysis.
We would be remiss if we didn’t note that the now-destroyed Wet Market was located roughly
900 feet from a China CDC aboratory where they were experimenting on bat coronavirus.
Read the rest of AP‘s report . here