A bombshell Reuters report has revealed evidence of an outbreak of a completely different virus from another Chinese bio-facility around the same time as COVID-19.
According to a 2020 Reuters reports, “Brucellosis, a bacterial disease with flu-like symptoms, infected more than 6,000 people in a single outbreak in northwestern China.”
The report noted that “Usually caused by contact with animals, the outbreak in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, was due to a leak at a vaccine plant, according to Lanzhou’s health commission. People are still being treated at hospitals even though the outbreak happened a year ago.”
The outbreak was originally discovered in November 2019 when some students at the Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute tested positive for brucellosis, according to the article. According to the provincial health authorities, at least 181 persons at the institute had been sick by the end of December.”
“In July to August 2019, the bio-facility used expired disinfectants to make brucellosis vaccines, leaving the bacteria in its waste gas,” according to the report. Aerosols from the toxic gas floated downwind to the veterinary institute.”
While brucellosis has a low fatality rate, it can cause long-term symptoms such as chronic joint discomfort.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic and intelligence reports indicating that personnel at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized with COVID symptoms in November 2019, with some of their family members also dying, this story is quite noteworthy.
While the two incidents are clearly unrelated, they demonstrate how lab leaks of potentially lethal diseases are prevalent in China due to inadequate safety regulations. It also reveals a trend of China’s apparent cover-ups.
Lab leaks have happened multiple times from such facilities in China, with SARS escaping twice from the Chinese Institute of Virology in Beijing in 2004, one year after its spread was brought under control.
Former FDA head Scott Gottlieb has also urged that “These kinds of lab leaks happen all the time.”
Gottlieb recently warned that “In China, the last six known outbreaks of SARS-1 have been out of labs, including the last known outbreak, which was a pretty extensive outbreak that China initially wouldn’t disclose that it came out of lab.”
“It was only disclosed finally by some journalists who were able to trace that outbreak back to a laboratory,” Gottlieb explained.
Reports also indicate that China is planning on opening scores of bio-facilities over the next five years.
The Financial Times reports that “some Chinese officials have warned about poor security at existing facilities. In 2019 Yuan Zhiming, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s BSL-4 lab, wrote a review of the safety deficiencies in China’s laboratories. ‘Several high-level BSLs have insufficient operational funds for routine yet vital processes,’ Yuan wrote, adding that maintenance costs were ‘generally neglected.’”
The report adds that Yuan warned “Due to the limited resources, some BSL-3 laboratories run on extremely minimal operational costs or in some cases none at all.”
As both Senator Rand Paul and former CIA director and secretary of state Mike Pompeo also warned recently, the Wuhan Institute of Virology is still up and running, and there is evidence pointing to its involvement with the Chinese military in bioweapons research.
The accumulating scientific evidence that points to a potential coronavirus lab leak, as well as China’s record on bio-security, and its constant stonewalling, warrants an adequate independent investigation, which hasn’t happened.