Recent reports in an Australian newspaper have reaffirmed the need for foreign investigators to search further to rule out the possibility that Covid-19 is a made-in-China bioweapon.
The debate around the roots of Covid-19 has resurfaced after revelations by the Weekend Australian newspaper that Chinese scientists were considering bioweapons and visualizing a World War-3 scenario.
The daily quoted a Chinese government paper in which the coronavirus SARS was debated as a missile. The 2015 article, titled SARS’s Unnatural Origin and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons, was written by Chinese scientists, public health authorities, and People’s Liberation Army veterans (PLA).
Released five years before the COVID-19 epidemic, it establishes coronaviruses as a “modern age of genetic missiles” capable of being “artificially manipulated into an evolving human disease virus, then weaponized and unleashed in ways never seen before.”
Covid-19 is a member of the Coronavirus family SARS. The COVID-19 pandemic was specifically triggered by SARS-Co V-2, a coronavirus that originated in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a wide class of viruses, the majority of which attacks the human respiratory system, triggering illnesses ranging from the common cold to the lethal SARS.
The Chinese article will be addressed in an upcoming book named What really happened in Wuhan by Australian investigative journalist Sharri Markson.
When questioned by the Australian, Robert Potter, a cybersecurity expert who analyses leaked Chinese government information, verified that the leaked paper was authentic. “We agreed with a high degree of confidence that it was real — it is not a forgery, although the degree to which it is serious is up to anyone else,” news.com.au said. According to Potter.
Executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Peter Jennings, has assured news.com.au that the paper is the closest thing we have to a “smoking gun.”
“I believe this is important because it demonstrates that Chinese scientists were considering military applications for various coronavirus strains and how they might be used,” Jennings observed.
“This strengthens the case that we are dealing with an unintended release of a pathogen for military purposes,” he said.
Additionally, Jennings said that the document could justify China’s reluctance to allow an outside inquiry into the origins of Covid-19.
“Had this been a case of transmitting from a wet economy, it would have been in China’s interest to cooperate; instead, we’ve seen the polar opposite.”
According to the British newspaper The Sun, the document’s 18 contributors include some of China’s highest public health officials, including Li Feng, the longtime deputy director of China’s Bureau of Epidemic Prevention. Ten of the contributors are associated with the Air Force Medical University in Xi’an as scientists and firearms specialists. In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping put the institute under the command of the PLA.
Xu Dezhong, the paper’s editor-in-chief, reported to the Chinese Military Commission and Ministry of Health’s top leadership during the 2003 SARS epidemic.
Xu was also a lecturer and graduate supervisor in the Department of Military Epidemiology at the Air Force Medical University.
The WHO has not drawn a conclusive statement on the source of the Covid-19 virus in its inquiries. WHO commented on their Wuhan visit in March and urged additional research into the roots of COVID-19.
“So far as the WHO is concerned, all possibilities remain on the table; we have not yet identified the virus’s source, and we must continue to pursue science and leave no stone flip in our quest,” said Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (WHO).
However, Australian delegate Dominic Dwyer, who visited Wuhan in January as part of the WHO inquiry into the source of Covid-19, noted that the investigation has yet to remove some grey areas.
He was cited in February as saying that the Wuhan wet sector, which was initially blamed for the outbreak, could not have been the original cause.
“In the end, the demand in Wuhan was more like an amplifying phenomenon than a real ground zero, and therefore we ought to search elsewhere for the viral roots,” Dwyer noted, as quoted by news.com.au.
According to the Sun, the Chinese-language military paper discusses “significant advancements in the distribution of biological weapons.”
“For instance, the recently discovered ability of microorganisms to freeze-dry enables the preservation and aerosolization of biological agents during attacks.”
Luke de Pulford, a human rights activist and coordinator of the Inter-Parliamentary coalition on China, asserts that the Chinese Communist Party must immediately address serious issues. “If this piece of work is reflective of the scientific thought of those who advised the Chinese Communist Party’s top leadership, then there are some rather important issues that need resolution immediate,” as saying by The Sun he was quoted.