After Months of BLP Reporting, Washington Post Finally Admits Dangers of Pathogen Lab in Wuhan
Months after Big League Politics reported about the research facility for pathogens in Wuhan, China and the possibility of the coronavirus spreading from the lab, the fake news is finally admitting that it is a possibility.
Columnist Josh Rogin wrote an op/ed for the Washington Post on Tuesday in which he talked about the concerns with the Wuhan research facility and how American officials had warned of the lab prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Two years before the novel coronavirus pandemic upended the world, U.S. Embassy officials visited a Chinese research facility in the city of Wuhan several times and sent two official warnings back to Washington about inadequate safety at the lab, which was conducting risky studies on coronaviruses from bats,” Rogin wrote.
U.S. officials who inspected the Wuhan research facility were highly alarmed at the dangerous level of incompetence that they saw from the Chinese scientists. They made their objections in Sensitive But Unclassified diplomatic cables sent back to Washington D.C.
“During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory,” the cable from Jan. 19, 2018 states.
The U.S. officials confirmed that the Chinese scientists were conducting risky studies that involved coronavirus and bats.
“Most importantly,” the cable states, “the researchers also showed that various SARS-like coronaviruses can interact with ACE2, the human receptor identified for SARS-coronavirus. This finding strongly suggests that SARS-like coronaviruses from bats can be transmitted to humans to cause SARS-like diseases. From a public health perspective, this makes the continued surveillance of SARS-like coronaviruses in bats and study of the animal-human interface critical to future emerging coronavirus outbreak prediction and prevention.”
Rogin referenced expert Xiao Qiang, a research scientist at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley, who admits that there is a strong possibility that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab.
“The cable tells us that there have long been concerns about the possibility of the threat to public health that came from this lab’s research, if it was not being adequately conducted and protected,” Xiao said.
Rogin pointed out that the official story from China about the virus coming from a wet market in Wuhan does not hold up under scrutiny.
“Research by Chinese experts published in the Lancet in January showed the first known patient, identified on Dec. 1, had no connection to the market, nor did more than one-third of the cases in the first large cluster. Also, the market didn’t sell bats,” he explained.
“The Chinese government, meanwhile, has put a total lock down on information related to the virus origins. Beijing has yet to provide U.S. experts with samples of the novel coronavirus collected from the earliest cases,” he added.
Xiao explained that the conspiracy theorists have been vindicated and the origins of the coronavirus must be fully understood.
“I don’t think it’s a conspiracy theory. I think it’s a legitimate question that needs to be investigated and answered,” he said. “To understand exactly how this originated is critical knowledge for preventing this from happening in the future.”
Once again, Big League Politics has been vindicated in its reporting while the fake news has been exposed for suppressing the truth for as long as possible.