The CIA is waging a campaign, which it portrays as “re-information,” claiming that Covid-19 originated in China while, at the same time, Russia is seeking to expose it as a US plot.
Thus, according to Reuters, the European External Action Service (EEAS) has issued an internal nine-page document highlighting 80 cases of disinformation (Fake News) allegedly disseminated by Russia to sow panic in the European Union .
According to the EEAS Disinformation Task Force, the Russian campaign centers mainly around the publication in the Oriental Review of an article by Australian academic Binoy Kampmark and of an analysis by Alexander Dugin posted in Geopolitica. However, neither of these authors can be accused of the slightest distortion of reality.
The question regarding the origin of the Covid-19 was raised on 12 March in a tweet from Zhao Lijian (photo), spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. He was reacting to the hearing of Robert Ray Redfield Jr, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), held by the House Oversight and Reform Committee of the US House of Representatives. When pressed, Redfield let it slip out that the Covid-19 had been detected on corpses of American people who were believed to have died of a seasonal flu. Zhao Lijian logically wondered whether the virus had not first appeared in the United States. He called for more transparency, but went unheeded.
On March 23, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Paris (not that of the Russian Federation) tweeted three questions to the US authorities:
“First, how many cases of COVID-19 were there among the 20,000 deaths from the flu which broke out last September? Didn’t the United States attempt to use the flu to dissimulate the new coronavirus pneumonia?
The second concerns the surprise closing last July of the largest US biochemical weapons research center, the Fort Detrick base in Maryland . After shutting down, a series of pneumonia or similar cases cropped up in the United States.
Third: why did several senior American officials sell off their shares before the stock market plunge, while at the same time assuring the American public that the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States was manageable?”
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Authored by Xiang Zhang via The Epoch Times,
China continues to refuse to release animal sampling testing data
It has been two months since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan and its spread has shown no signs of slowing down in China. More than 35 Chinese cities have been put on lockdown by Chinese authorities in an attempt to isolate confirmed and suspected cases. The lives of millions of people are in danger as the virus shows signs of spreading further in China as well as internationally.
There are significant gaps in the official investigations into the origins of the novel Coronavirus. In order to contain the virus, one first needs to understand how a virus that allegedly originated in animals found its way to humans. For this to happen, the Chinese authorities need to release their animal testing data and samples. Testing results from animal samples collected at epicenters would give important insights into what animals might serve as intermediate hosts for the new coronavirus.
This is critical to the containment of the epidemic. For example, if rats are the intermediate hosts for this virus, it would be futile to shut down the cities to restrict people’s movements while infected rats are still moving freely. Results from animal samples could also guide policy decisions that would reduce the risk of another outbreak.
An Animal Origin of the Virus
Scientific studies based on phylogenetic analysis have researched the sequence of the novel coronavirus, compared it to other coronavirus sequences, and found it likely originated in bats. Researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology found the genome in the virus found in patients was 96 percent identical to that of an existing bat coronavirus, according to a study published in the journal Nature. But there have been other theories as well. One Chinese study suggested, for example, that snakes were the source of transmission to humans. However, many scientists believe that reptiles are a less likely source and that mammals like rats and pigs, and some birds, have been the primary reservoir for coronaviruses.
With this in mind, phylogenetic studies of viral genome sequences need to be supported by animal studies to confirm the origin of the infection,
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