Li-Meng Yan, who says the virus was built by merging the genetic material of two bat coronaviruses, confirmed to a US-based website that Chinese authorities had arrested her mother.
Yan, who fled to the US in April following her bombshell claim, said COVID-19 was ‘man-made’ and ‘not from nature’.
Her Twitter account was taken down in mid-September after she accused China of intentionally manufacturing and releasing COVID-19.
In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Yan claimed she was suspended because ‘they don’t want the people to know this truth’.
‘I have evidence to show why they can do it, what they have done, how (they did it),’ she told Fox News.
‘The scientific world also keeps silent… works together with the Chinese Communist Party, they don’t want people to know his truth. That’s why I get suspended, I get suppressed, I am the target that Chinese Communist Party wants disappeared.’
A video of the interview segment posted on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show’s page now comes with a warning that reads: ‘False Information. This post repeats information about COVID-19 that independent fact-checkers say is false.’