PHAC ordered two dismissed scientists to hand over documents about the virus sent to China

Ottawa-Parliamentary Commission submits to Public Health Agency of Canada all documents related to the dismissal of two scientists from Canada’s Supreme Security Institute and the early transfer of the virus to the Wuhan Institute of Virginology in China. I’m telling you to.

The House of Commons Special Committee on Relations between Canada and China has given 20 calendar days to submit documents to public health agencies in unedited format.

Committee members then meet with Congressional legal officers in a closed room to determine what can be published without compromising national security or revealing details of ongoing RCMP investigations.

Federal President Ian Stewart refused to explain to the Commission why Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng were fired in January.

It was 18 months after being escorted by Winnipeg’s National Institute of Microbiology, Canada’s safest laboratory and designed to safely treat deadly infectious bacteria such as Ebola. was.

At the time, it was explained that there could be policy violations or administrative issues.

Four months ago, Qiu was responsible for shipping Ebola and henipavirus to the Wuhan Institute of Veterinary Medicine in China. Public health agencies have previously stated that the pair’s escort exit is not relevant to the issue.

“That’s all we know. It’s a policy violation, but it’s still said that virus exports are in line with the protocol, and we’re still not sure exactly why scientists were banished.” Conservative MP Garnet Genuis spoke to the committee on Wednesday.

Five Liberal Party members of the Commission voted against ordering the PHAC to submit the document.

Liberal lawmaker Robert Olifant said many committees were experiencing a “wave of demand for documents.”

“It looks in my mind to be of a partisan nature,” he said.

He argued that the Commission should give PHAC 30 days to translate and submit the document, but the Commission’s six opposition lawmakers voted for a shorter timeline.

Stewart wrote to the Commission last week saying that privacy law does not allow him to share “employment or labor relations issues with civil servants.”

Stewart said in a letter that since July 2019, the pair “has no access to PHAC’s facilities, infrastructure, or assets.”

By Maan Alhmidi