Now living in exile in the United States, the Chinese virologist reiterated on Spanish television that the virus is the creation of the Chinese military.
Spanish investigative journalist Iker Jiménez scored a major television hit when his recent special on the coronavirus pandemic ‘Horizonte. Informe COVID’ aired on the Telecinco network securing a notable 18.2% audience share. During the show, Jiménez interviewed Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan, who has been forced to flee from her native China following her views on the origin of the virus.
Once again Yan claimed that the covid-19 virus originated in a military laboratory overseen by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Yan, who says she was among the first researchers to study covid-19 in China, has previously told the media that the virus is not naturally occurring and described the widely held theory that it originated in a so-called wet market in Wuhan as “a smokescreen.”
Yan also said that China and the WHO were aware of the existence of covid-19 long before the first cases were reported in Wuhan last December. The WHO declared the novel coronavirus a global pandemic on 11 March.
“Anybody, even people without any knowledge of biology, will be able to read it and check it, and to verify it for themselves. The genome sequence is like a fingerprint. Based on that, you can identify things. I will use this evidence to tell people why this [the coronavirus] came from a laboratory in China and why they are the ones who developed it”, she claimed to Jiménez after she was enlisted to look into the origin of the virus by superior Leo Poon.
Dr Yan fled China in April and has been in hiding in the US for fear of reprisals regarding her revelations. She has claimed that China has launched a campaign to discredit her and to smear her reputation. “They deleted all information about me and also told people to spread rumours about me,” she said. In an earlier interview, Yan said that China was aware of the existence of covid-19 long before the first cases were officially reported in Wuhan last December.