Inside scoop on the Wuhan virus
Chinese Virologist Fled Country After COVID Cover-Up, Now She’s Telling the World What She Saw
A Chinese virology expert says China’s government was well aware of the deadly nature of the coronavirus long before it admitted that it knew of human-to-human transmission, and that her efforts to blow the whistle were muzzled
Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a specialist in virology and immunology at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, is now in hiding somewhere in the United States and in fear for her life, but told her story to Fox News.
“I deliver the message of the truth of COVID-19,” she said in an interview published Friday.
She said she had to leave everyone she loved behind because “if I tell it in Hong Kong, the moment I start to tell it I will be disappeared and killed. No one can hear me,” she said.
“So for this purpose, I like to go to U.S. and tell the truth of the origins of COVID-19 to the world,” she said.
Yan said her comments have nothing to do with sparring between the governments of the U.S. and China.
“This is … about whether all the human in the world can survive,” she said.
She said that as news of the virus began to emerge, she was asked to quietly look into the matter
“The China government refused to let overseas experts, including Hong Kong ones, do research in China,” she said. “So I turned to my friends to get more information.
On Dec. 31, she said, a contact in China told her that there were “family cluster cases, so there should be human-to-human transmission.”
For days after that, China and the World Health Organization downplayed the potential of human-to-human spread of the virus.
Yan said that in a conversation among doctors trying to get information about what was taking place in Wuhan, one doctor was warned “don’t ask.”
The doctors said “We can’t talk about it, but we need to wear masks,’” Yan said.
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