Professor Lucey told ScienceInsider: “China must have realized the epidemic did not originate in that Wuhan Huanan
Coincidentally, the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory is located only 20 miles away
from the Huanan Seafood Market which is the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak dubbed the Wuhan Coronavirus.
how did the virus get there?
The virus was reportedly stolen from a Canadian lab by Chinese Biowarfare
agents and smuggled to none other than the Wuhan Institute of Virology where the virus is believed to be weaponized and leaked. The laboratory is the only declared site in China that is capable of working with deadly viruses.
The event caused a major scandal with Bio-warfare experts questioning why Canada was sending lethal viruses to China? Scientists from National
Microbiology Laboratory said the highly lethal viruses were a potential bio-weapon. The NML is Canada’s only level-4 facility and one of only a few in North America equipped to handle the world’s deadliest diseases, including Ebola, SARS, Coronavirus,
The Wuhan institute has studied coronaviruses in the past; including the strain that causes Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
Dany Shoham, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who has studied Chinese
biological warfare, said the institute (Wuhan Institute of Virology) is linked to Beijing’s covert bio-weapons program. “Certain laboratories in the institute have probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese [biological
weapons], at least collaterally, yet not as a principal facility of the Chinese BW alignment,” Mr. Shoham told The Washington Times.
Chinese military interest
China’s Biological Warfare Program
is believed to include the full range of traditional chemical & biological agents with a wide variety of delivery systems including artillery rockets, aerial bombs, sprayers, and short-range ballistic missiles. Reports reveal that there are more than 40
Chinese facilities involved in bio-weapon production.
China’s national strategy of military-civil fusion
has highlighted biology as a priority, and the People’s Liberation Army could be at the forefront of expanding and exploiting this knowledge.
In 2016, the potential strategic value of genetic information led the Chinese government to launch the National Genebank, which intends to become the world’s largest repository of such data. It aims to “develop and
utilize China’s valuable genetic resources, safeguard national security in bioinformatics, and enhance China’s capability to seize the strategic commanding heights” in the domain of Biotechnology Warfare.
Chinese military’s interest in biology as an emerging domain of warfare is guided by strategists who talk about potential “genetic
weapons” and the possibility of a “bloodless victory.”
But surely, China realizes that it
cannot afford to be in the news for all the wrong reasons. A deadly virus claiming hundreds of lives is a reason for grave concern and a matter of international condemnation. Hence it may be soon in need of more testbeds to carry out these trials without coming
under the global radar.