Confirmation: Chinese Officials Told Labs to Destroy Coronavirus Samples

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Posted: May 17, 2020 4:40 PM
Confirmation: Chinese Officials Told Labs to Destroy Coronavirus Samples

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Multiple government agencies from various countries, including the United States, have concluded that the coronavirus started in a lab in Wuhan. The Chinese regime did everything in their power to cover up the virus, including gagging medical personnel and reporters that were trying to sound the alarm. It was believed that the laboratories were destroying samples of the Wuhan coronavirus to cover up the country's responsibility for the pandemic. 

Chinese officials confirmed that labs were told to destroy samples of the coronavirus. China’s National Health Commission official Liu Dengfeng, however, says the labs destroyed the samples, not to cover up their culpability, but “for pandemic prevention and control, which also played an important role in preventing biosafety risks.”

“If the laboratory conditions cannot meet the requirements for the safe preservation of samples, the samples should be destroyed on the spot or transferred to a professional institution for safekeeping,” Liu told the Wall Street Journal

United States officials, including Attorney General William Barr, have repeatedly said they believe China destroyed samples to cover up the fact that the virus started inside their country. Liu said that claim "takes facts out of context with the aim of intentionally misleading people."

During a press conference on Friday, Liu said “national-level professional institutes” worked around-the-clock to determine what was causing the illness, the South China Morning Post reported.

“Based on comprehensive research and expert opinion, we decided to temporarily manage the pathogen causing the pneumonia as Class II – highly pathogenic – and imposed biosafety requirements on sample collection, transport and experimental activities, as well as destroying the samples,” Liu said.

China has repeatedly lied to the world about the Wuhan coronavirus. Not only did China deny scientists and researchers from being deployed to help control and contain the virus in the outbreak's early stages, but China also waited almost a week to alert the world to what was happening. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping personally asked World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to delay publishing vital information about the Wuhan coronavirus. The WHO parrotted Chinese talking points and repeatedly told the world that the virus was not transmissible from human-to-human contact. 

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