Virus-hit Wuhan has two laboratories linked to Chinese bio-warfare program

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  1. EC

    EC 12 pointer

    Jul 13, 2003
    Louisville, KY.
    Yep. Weaponized.


    Virus-hit Wuhan has two laboratories linked to Chinese bio-warfare program

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times
    Friday, January 24, 2020
    The deadly animal virus epidemic spreading globally may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory linked to China’s covert biological weapons program, according to an Israeli biological warfare expert.

    The laboratory is the only declared site in China capable of working with deadly viruses.

    Dany Shoham, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who has studied Chinese bio warfare, said the institute is linked to Beijing’s covert biological weapons program.

    “Certain laboratories in the institute have probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese [biological weapons], at least collaterally, yet not as a principal facility of the Chinese BW alignment,” Mr. Shoham told The Washington Times.

    Work on biological weapons is conducted as part of a dual civilian-military research and is “definitely covert,” he said in an email.

    Mr. Shoham holds a doctorate in medical microbiology. From 1970 to 1991 he was a senior analyst with Israeli military intelligence for biological and chemical warfare in the Middle East and worldwide, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel.

    China in the past has denied having any offensive biological weapons. The State Department, in a report last year, said it suspects China has engaged in covert biological warfare work.

    A Chinese Embassy spokesman did not return an email seeking comment.

    Chinese authorities so far have said the origin of the coronavirus that has killed scores and infected hundreds in in central Hubei Province is not known.

    Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told state-controlled media initial signs as of Thursday indicated the virus originated from wild animals sold at a seafood market in Wuhan.

    One ominous sign, said a U.S. official, is the that false rumors since the outbreak began several weeks ago have begun circulating on the Chinese Internet claiming the virus is part of a U.S. conspiracy to spread germ weapons.

    That could indicate China is preparing propaganda outlets to counter future charges the new virus escaped from one of Wuhan’s civilian or defense research laboratories.

    The World Health Organization is calling the microbe novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV. At a meeting in Geneva Thursday, the organization stopped short of declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

    The virus outbreak causes pneumonia-like symptoms and prompted China to deploy military forces to Wuhan this week in a bid to halt the spread. All travel out of the city of 11 million people was halted.

    The Wuhan institute has studied coronaviruses in the past, including the including the strain that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, H5N1 influenza virus, Japanese encephalitis, and dengue. Researchers at the institute also studied the germ that causes anthrax – a biological agent once developed in Russia.

    “Coronaviruses (particularly SARS) have been studied in the institute and are probably held therein,” he said. “SARS is included within the Chinese BW program, at large, and is dealt with in several pertinent facilities.”

    It is not known if the institute’s array of coronaviruses are specifically included in biological weapons program but it is possible, he said.

    Asked if the new coronavirus may have leaked, Mr. Shoham said: “In principle, outward virus infiltration might take place either as leakage or as an indoor unnoticed infection of a person that normally went out of the concerned facility. This could have been the case with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, but so far there isn’t evidence or indication for such incident.”

    After researchers sequence of the genome of the new coronavirus it might be possible to determine or suggest its origin or source.

    Mr. Shoham, now with the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University in Israel, said the virology institute is the only declared site in China known as P4 for Pathogen Level 4, a status indicating it uses the strictest safety standards to prevent the spread of the most dangerous and exotic microbes being studied.

    The former Israeli military intelligence doctor also said suspicions were raised about the Wuhan Institute of Virology when a group of Chinese virologists working in Canada improperly sent samples to China of what he said were some of the deadliest viruses on earth, including the Ebola virus.

    In a July article in the journal Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Mr. Shoham said the Wuhan institute was one of four Chinese laboratories engaged in some aspects of the biological weapons development.

    He identified the secure Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory at the institute as engaged in research on the Ebola, Nipah, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses.

    The Wuhan virology institute is under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. But certain laboratories within it “have linkage with the PLA or BW-related elements within the Chinese defense establishment,” he said.

    In 1993, China declared a second facility, the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, as one of eight biological warfare research facilities covered by the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) which China joined in 1985.

    The Wuhan Institute of Biological Products is a civilian facility but is linked to the Chinese defense establishment, and has been regarded to be involved in the Chinese BW program, Mr. Shoham said.

    China’s vaccine against SARS is probably produced there.

    “This means the SARS virus is held and propagated there, but it is not a new coronavirus, unless the wild type has been modified, which is not known and cannot be speculated at the moment,” he said.

    The annual State Department report on arms treaty compliance stated last year that China engaged in activities that could support biological warfare.

    “Information indicates that the People’s Republic of China engaged during the reporting period in biological activities with potential dual-use applications, which raises concerns regarding its compliance with the BWC,” the report said, adding that the United States suspects China failed to eliminate its biological warfare program as required by the treaty.

    “The United States has compliance concerns with respect to Chinese military medical institutions’ toxin research and development because of the potential dual-use applications and their potential as a biological threat,” the report added.

    The biosafety lab is located about 20 miles from the Hunan Seaford Market that reports from China say may have been origin point of the virus.

    Rutgers University microbiologist Dr. Richard Ebright told London’s Daily Mail that “at this point there’s no reason to harbor suspicions” the lab may be linked to the virus outbreak.
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  2. reivertom

    reivertom 12 pointer

    Dec 17, 2007
    Greenup Co.
    The problem is, even if tens of thousands die in their own country, Commies don't care. They look at it as a glitch in the development and will keep on going. The leaders are shielded and have no regard for human life. If there's one thing they have plenty of, it's people.
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  3. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

    Jul 1, 2018
    Originally they said the incubation period was 14 days , so they would quarantine you you for 14 days or so and turn you loose, we suspect now it's 24 days.

    Coronavirus could have incubation period of 24 days — 10 days longer than previously thought
    Research says coronavirus ‘spreads rapidly by human-to-human transmission’
    Medical researchers in China have found the incubation period for coronavirus ranges up to 24 days — 10 days longer than experts previously thought.
    The research was co-authored by Dr Zhong Nanshan, who discovered the SARS coronavirus in 2003 and has been appointed as a leading advisor in managing the current coronavirus crisis.

    Current advice from health organisations and ministries say the virus’ incubation period is as long as 14 days, based on the incubation period of previous MERS viruses.

    Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care has urged anyone travelling from specific countries, including China, to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days.

    The findings, which have not yet been peer reviewed, were published on Sunday and titled ‘Clinical characteristics of 2019 novel coronavirus infection in China’.
    China coronavirus: Cases soar of deadly new flu-like virus
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    Researchers extracted data from 1,099 coronavirus patients from 522 hospitals in 31 provinces in China.

    They found only 1.18 per cent of patients “had a direct contact with wildlife”. The majority of the patients had contracted the virus from being in contact with people from Wuhan, where the centre of the outbreak is.
    More than 80 percent of patients developed lymphopenia, which is a state where a specific white blood cell that is part of the body’s first-line defence against diseases is reduced.

    William Yang


    Breaking - Chinese expert Zhong Nan-Shan led a research on the clinical traits of the #coronavirus and concluded that the incubation period of the virus can go from 3 days to as long as 24 days. Previously, the longest incubation period was believed to be 14 days.


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    Lymphopenia is commonly caused by infections and the flu, and usually recovers on its own after the patient recovers.
    The 55 patients observed in the study were admitted into the intensive care unit, some with severe pneumonia as a result of the virus. Of those patients, 15 died.

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    The research concluded that the virus “spreads rapidly by human-to-human transmission” and its severity “predict poor clinical outcomes”.
    [​IMG]Coronavirus: Four more UK patients test positive for deadly virus
    The findings come as China reported a rise in new virus cases on Monday, with the mainland death toll rising by 97 in just 24 hours and 3,062 new cases reported.
    The sudden increase in cases broke a string of daily declines that a government spokesman said on Sunday was proof that containment measures were proving successful.

    In the UK, four new cases of coronavirus infections were confirmed on Monday, bringing the total number of cases up to eight.
    All four of the newly infected people were in contact with a previously confirmed UK case of a businessman who travelled from Singapore to France and then to the UK.
    The UK’s chief medical officer professor Chris Witty said the virus was passed between the infected people in France, and Public Health England is working to trace people who may have been in close contact with them.
    The British government declared the virus a “serious and imminent threat to public health” and raised the risk to the public from low to moderate
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  4. HuntressOfLight

    HuntressOfLight 10 pointer

    Nov 23, 2019
    Most plausible. The fact that China refused to provide a copy to WHO makes such to be further likely.
  5. ptbrauch

    ptbrauch 12 pointer

    Nov 10, 2004
    The OC
    For what it's worth, more people have died from the flu virus in the US this flu season than has died from corona virus in the whole world.

    I'm not worried about the Chinese and what they're doing over there, I'm much more worried about the people who used the door before me having the flu and not have washed their hands.

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