A Chinese medical expert has renewed claims that the coronavirus pandemic began in a military lab.
Dr Li Meng-Yan, a virology specialist from Hong Kong, says that she feared being “disappeared” by Chinese forces over her beliefs.
“I knew that once I spoke up, I could disappear at any time, just like all the brave protesters in Hong Kong,” she said in a video live-stream with Lude Press.
“I could disappear at any time. Even my name would no longer exist.”
Complaining that her claims were not taken seriously by her superiors at Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, she has now relocated to the US for her own safety.
When she reported her findings to bosses, she says, she was told not to cross the Chinese government’s “red line” and to “keep silent and be careful”.
Dr Li’s core claim is that she realised while studying person-to-person transmission of the virus that she “clearly assessed” Covid-19 had come from a research facility linked to the People’s Liberation Army.
“The Wuhan wet market was just used as a decoy,” she believes.
While the US national intelligence director’s office has stated Covid-19 “was not manmade or genetically modified”, President Trump has spoken more than once of his belief that the virus had been manufactured in China.
In May, responding to a reporter who asked “have you seen anything at this point that gives you a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the origin of this virus?” the president responded: “Yes, I have. Yes, I have.”
He added. “And I think the World Health Organisation should be ashamed of themselves because they’re like the public relations agency for China.”
Pressed for more information about his controversial statement, he responded “I can’t tell you that. I’m not allowed to tell you that.”
Several governments around the world have criticised China’s reluctance to share information about the virus. The Five Eyes, a co-operative group of intelligence agencies from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, described that China’s secretive response to the pandemic was tantamount to an “assault on international transparency”.