Samples from early Wuhan COVID patients had genetically modified henipa, one of two viruses sent by a Canadian laboratory.


Samples from early Wuhan COVID-19 patients show the presence of genetically modified henipavirus, American scientists have discovered.

Henipah was one of two viruses sent to China by Chinese-born scientists from a Canadian laboratory at the heart of the controversy over the dismissal of scientists and cooperation with Chinese military researchers. It is not clear whether the virus found in the Chinese sample is related to a sample sent from a Canadian laboratory shipped in late March 2019.

This discovery was confirmed in the Epoch Times by another qualified scientist.

Evidence was first discovered by Dr. Stephen Key, a Seattle-based medical scientist and former faculty member of Stanford University School of Medicine. He examined an early COVID-19 sample uploaded by scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Immediately after China notified the World Health Organization of the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2.

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On February 23, 2017, Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli will be seen at the P4 Institute in Wuhan, China. (Johannes Eisele / AFP via Getty Images)

Samples from patients reportedly “Unknown pneumoniaWas uploaded to the gene sequence database GenBank on the website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in December 2019.

While other scientists around the world were primarily interested in examining the SARS-CoV-2 genome of samples uploaded by WIV scientists, Quay was also interested in samples collected from patients. He said he wanted to see what was there.

So he worked with a few other scientists to analyze the sequence of the sample.

“We started fishing inside because of strange things,” Key told the Epoch Times.

He says they found contamination from various experiments in the laboratory as a result of invading the sample and evidence of the henipavirus.

“We have discovered a genetic manipulation of Nipah virus that is more deadly than Ebola.” Nipah is a type of Nipah virus.

The Epoch Times has asked one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and Dr. Joe Wang, who previously led the SARS vaccine development program in Canada, to validate this finding. Wang is currently the president of NTD Television Canada, a sister company of The Epoch Times of Canada.

After examining the evidence, the king said he was able to reproduce the key findings regarding the henipavirus. He explains that genetic engineering of the virus is likely the goal of vaccine development.

Winnipeg Gravo

The dismissal of Chinese-born scientist Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng from Winnipeg’s National Institute of Microbiology (NML) has been the subject of much controversy in Canada. The government refuses to disclose information because of national security and privacy concerns.

Qiu and Cheng were escorted in July 2019, along with several Chinese students, from NML, Canada’s only Level 4 lab, during a police investigation. The two scientists were officially dismissed in January 2021.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), responsible for NML, said the termination was the result of “administrative issues” and “potential violations of security protocols”, but for security and privacy reasons, details I refused to offer it. concern.

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Speaker of the House Anthony Rota did not submit to House Speaker of the Public Health Agency of Canada Ian Stewart on June 21, 2021, a document relating to the dismissal of two scientists from the National Institute of Microbiology in Winnipeg. I warn you that. (Canadian Press / Sean Kilpatrick)

During his time at NML, Qiu officially traveled to WIV several times to assist in training Level 4 safety personnel. NS Globe and Mail Later, NML scientists reported that they were working with Chinese military researchers on deadly pathogens, and one of the Chinese military researchers had been working at the high-security Winnipeg Institute for a period of time.

document An email released by PHAC indicates that the Henipah and Ebola samples were shipped with the permission of the NML authorities.

In one of the emails sent in September 2018, PHAC’s head of special pathogens, David Safronetz, asked WIV, then head of NML Matthew Gilmour and other lab managers, to ship samples. We are informing you of the request from. .. “

In response, Gilmour asks about the nature of the work done at the Wuhan Institute and why the institute does not obtain materials from “other, more local laboratories.” He also tells Safronetz, “It’s good to know that you trust this group,” and asks how NML connects with them.

Safronetz does not specifically state in his answer what the sample will be used for in China, but states that the sample will only be sent after all paperwork and certification has been completed. .. He also says WIV is requesting material from NML “for collaboration” with Qiu.

He adds: “Historically, it was easier to get materials from us, as opposed to US laboratories. I don’t think other closer laboratories have the ability to ship these materials. Hmm.”

Gilmour resigned from NML in May 2020 I participated A bio-research company based in the United Kingdom.

MP asked NML administrators why they were allowed to ship samples and if they knew if China was conducting Gain of Function Research (GoF) research at WIV. GoF studies include increased lethality (pathogenicity) or infectivity of pathogens.

Guillaume Polykin, NML’s acting director of science, told MP at a parliamentary committee meeting on March 22 that he sent samples to WIV only after he was assured that no GoF studies would take place.

Conservative Rep. John Williamson said the words of the state-run Chinese Institute were unreliable because the Chinese administration “has a history of theft and lies,” and asked for more answers.

The issue of GoF research at WIV has been controversial between US lawmakers and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergic Infectious Diseases at NIH. The organization is funding research on the coronavirus (through the EcoHealth Alliance). Wuhan Institute of Veterinary Medicine. Senator Rand Paul said the published study from the WIV on coronaviruses indicates that the lab is conducting GoF studies, Fauci denies.

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May 13, 2020, P4 Institute on campus of Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. (Hector Retamaru by Getty Images / AFP)

The Epoch Times asked PHAC for comment on intellectual property issues and how it worked to develop products such as vaccines using WIV, but did not respond by the time of publication.

Despite repeated requests from the opposition for details related to the dismissal of the two NML scientists, the Liberal government refused to provide records for national security and privacy concerns.

After the House of Commons ordered the government to disclose information, the government took the Speaker of the House to court and received confirmation from a judge that the document could be withheld. The government later withdrew the proceedings after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for elections and the parliament was dissolved.

Omid Goreishi

Omid Ghoreishi is a Toronto-based journalist.