A new report released earlier this weekend by Vanity Fair leaves the Chinese military with a smoking gun. The news broke that the military “engineered mice with humanized lungs” to test viruses on them that led the United States National Security Council to speculate that the tests were to see which viruses might be transportable to humans.
A study from the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, the Chinese army’s medical research institute, admitted that the tests utilized a gene-editing technology that allows DNA sequences to be altered to create mice with humanized lungs and examine if they were vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 back in 2019, according to the report.
“Of the study’s 23 co-authors, 11 of them worked for the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, the medical research institute for the Chinese army,” Vanity Fair noted. “Believing they had uncovered important evidence in favor of the lab-leak hypothesis, the NSC investigators began reaching out to other agencies. That’s when the hammer came down. ‘We were dismissed,’ said Anthony Ruggiero, the NSC’s senior director for counterproliferation and biodefense. ‘The response was very negative.’”
On January 15, 2021, in the last days of the Trump administration, the State Department released a fact sheet regarding the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). It denoted that multiple WIV researchers had demonstrated COVID-19-like symptoms in the fall of 2019, prior to the first identified case, and also that WIV researchers had “engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying snapped at the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo remarking, “The so-called fact sheet is another lie sheet produced by the U.S. side. This fully demonstrates that some U.S. politicians are keen on violating science, hyping up conspiracy theories, spreading political viruses for their personal gains, while paying no attention to public security and people’s lives. This is also the last madness of Pompeo — Mr. Lies.”
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had insisted that the COVID-19 virus was caused elsewhere in the world, saying, “More and more research suggests that the pandemic was likely to have been caused by separate outbreaks in multiple places in the world.” He claimed that China took “immediate actions to carry out epidemiological investigation, identify the pathogen and publicize key information including the genome sequencing of the virus. All this sounded alarm bells across the world,” Bloomberg reported.
Minister Wang protested that China had been telling the truth about the coronavirus, saying, “We have stood at the forefront of fighting misinformation, rebutting attempts of politicization and stigmatization. We were determined to make sure that the objective narrative and collective memory of the battle against the pandemic would not be distorted by lies.”