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China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for six days

China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for six days

As per an investigation by AP, Chinese President Jinping warned the public only on Jan 20, seven days after top officials secretly determined they were facing a pandemic from COVID-19. But by that time, more than 3,000 people had been infected. Experts attribute this to rigid controls on information and bureaucratic hurdles. Punishment of doctors for ’rumor-mongering’ on Jan 2 was a case in point.

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A Chinese laboratory at the center of new theories about how the coronavirus pandemic started was the subject of multiple urgent warnings inside the U.S. State Department two years ago, according to a new report. https://www.foxnews.com/world/state-department-cables-coronavirus-origin-chinese-lab-bats The cable also called attention to Shi Zhengli, the head of the research project, who in November 2017 published a paper that showed the horseshoe bats collected from a case in Yunnan province were most likely from the same bat population that had been behind the first SARS coronavirus in 2003. The cable states that "the researchers also showed that various SARS-like coronaviruses can interact with ACE2, the human receptor identified for SARS-coronavirus. This finding strongly suggests that SARS-like coronaviruses from bats can be transmitted to humans to cause SARS-like diseases. From a public health perspective, this makes the continued surveillance of SARS-like coronaviruses in bats and study of the animal-human interface critical to future emerging coronavirus outbreak prediction and prevention." More evidence' shows COVID-19 outbreak was due to 'an accident' in a Wuhan lab https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6149578508001 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0966842X16300038 Engineering Coronaviruses to Evaluate Emergence and Pathogenic Potential In order to predict whether a SARS-related bat CoV, named WIV1-CoV, discovered in Chinese horseshoe bats in Yunnan [6], had the potential to emerge in humans, Menachery et al. synthesized a full-DNA clone based on the sequence of the virus [1]. The clone was shown to be able to generate infectious virus in primary human airway epithelial cell culture, confirming its ability to efficiently replicate in human cells. When the spike gene of WIV1-CoV was used to replace that of SARS-CoV MA15, a mouse-adapted virus [7], the resulting CoV did not replicate efficiently or cause disease in mice. However, if transgenic mice that expressed the ACE2 receptor were used, WIV1-CoV was able to replicate and cause weight loss. These experiments showed that WIV1-CoV actually has significant potential to emerge in humans.

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