This story really hasn’t gotten the press it should have. But a CBC story back in June alleges that lethal pathogens may have been stolen from Canada’s only level-4 virus lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba and shipped to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Most suspect the COVID-19 virus leaked out of the virology lab in Wuhan, the city that became ground zero for the coronavirus. And it was Chinese researchers, in then free Hong Kong, who first pointed the finger at the Wuhan lab. READ: Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory?
The CBC explains what happened in Winnipeg:
Newly-released access-to-information documents reveal details about a shipment of deadly pathogens last year from Canada’s National Microbiology Lab to China — confirming for the first time who sent them, what exactly was shipped, and where it went.
CBC News had already reported about the shipmentof Ebola and Henipah viruses but there’s now confirmation one of the scientists escorted from the lab in Winnipeg amid an RCMP investigation last July was responsible for exporting the pathogens to the Wuhan Institute of Virology four months earlier.
Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, her husband Keding Cheng and her students from China were removed from Canada’s only level-4 lab over what’s described as a possible “policy breach.” The Public Health Agency of Canada had asked the RCMP to get involved several months earlier.
Here is how Amir Attaran, an epidemiologist and law professor from the University of Ottawa, described the incident to the CBC:
“We have a researcher who was removed by the RCMP from the highest security laboratory that Canada has for reasons that government is unwilling to disclose. The intelligence remains secret. But what we know is that before she was removed, she sent one of the deadliest viruses on Earth, and multiple varieties of it to maximize the genetic diversity and maximize what experimenters in China could do with it, to a laboratory in China that does dangerous gain of function experiments. And that has links to the Chinese military.”
And Canada is allegedly not only donating lethal pathogens to the virus lab in Wuhan, but taxpayer dollars as well. READ: US, Canada have funded Chinese lab eyed as likely source of coronavirus outbreak