Recently obtained documents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have validated serious questions and concerns about China’s transparency in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The documents, revealed by Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, suggest that a Chinese researcher in Beijing uploaded a nearly complete sequence of the COVID virus structure to a U.S. database run by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on December 28, 2019 – two weeks before Beijing shared the viral sequence with the rest of the world.
The timeline, as reported by the Wall Street Journal and National Review, indicates that when Beijing eventually shared the SARS-CoV-2 sequence with the World Health Organization on January 11, 2020, a crucial two-week period had already elapsed since the virus was sequenced by a researcher at the Institute of Pathogen Biology in Beijing. This institute is affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, which has ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and People’s Liberation Army.
During these two weeks, the international health community was racing to understand and respond to the emerging viral threat. Chinese officials, however, continued to describe the disease outbreak in Wuhan as a viral pneumonia “of unknown cause” to the public.
The researcher responsible for uploading the sequence, Dr. Lili Ren, contracted as a collaborator on a U.S.-funded project studying coronavirus transmission from animals to humans, did not respond to inquiries. Ren’s involvement in a project overseen by the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, along with her connection to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), raises further concerns.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, emphasized that the discoveries question the legitimacy of any scientific theories based on information provided by the Chinese government. The committee, which has been investigating the origins of COVID-19 and U.S. government funding of overseas research, continues to highlight the importance of caution regarding the accuracy of information released by the Chinese government. Virologist Jesse Bloom warns that the revelations underscore the need for caution, emphasizing the limited knowledge about the information released by China.
Border Patrol Council President concerned over ‘influx’ of military-aged Chinese men crossing the southern border
According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol data Border Patrol agents detained over 30,000 Chinese individuals for illegally crossing the border from January to November 2023, sparking concern.
Just The News reports that National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd on Wednesday said the United States should be incredibly concerned by the influx of military-aged Chinese men coming across the southern border.
“Why are we seeing this influx?” Judd asked on the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “At best, they’re just coming here for a better life or for a better job. At worse, they’re coming here to be part of the Chinese government, and that’s what scares me an awful lot.”
“We know that the Chinese have huge gangs here in the United States, and they control certain parts of our country,” he later said. “They control the drug flow. They control the prostitution. They control everything that’s illegal in certain portions of the country. We have to look into that. It’s very important that we understand why we are having so many people from China, especially military-aged men, from China.”
“I don’t want to cause mass hysteria where United States citizens are violent towards people from China,” Judd said. “However, we have to … allow the intelligence community to do their job. We’ve got to let law enforcement do their job and look into these individuals.”
Many Chinese immigrants are leaving due to economic conditions in China and its strict lockdowns, Yahoo News reported.
“Again, at best, they’re here for a better life,” Judd said. “At worst, they’re here to be part of the Chinese government to infiltrate our own country.”
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