Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that the CCP virus was a lab product designed to carry out “biological warfare.”
“It’s a brand-new virus. Nobody knows whether it was produced in a laboratory or as a result of a person eating an animal they shouldn’t have, “he said in a speech on May 5.
“However, the military is well-versed in chemical, biological, and radiological warfare. Might we be in the midst of a new conflict? I’m curious. Which country’s GDP has increased the most? ”
Bolsonaro, a frequent critic of China, did not mention any other countries in his remarks. However, as other global powers struggled with lockdowns and virus resurgence, China was the only major world economy to see some economic growth in 2020.
Beijing has categorically dismissed any claim that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which was just miles away from the seafood market where the first clusters of COVID-19 patients appeared.
Nonetheless, the regime’s cautious approach to the lab has struggled to deflect criticism from opponents, including former and current US officials.
The State Department stated in a fact sheet published during the final days of the Trump administration that it “has reason to believe” that many WIV researchers became ill in autumn 2019 with symptoms similar to COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus.
According to Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus most likely escaped from a Wuhan lab, but not necessarily deliberately.
“I still believe the most likely aetiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory—you know, escaped,” he said in a CNN interview in March, commenting on the subject for the first time since leaving the CDC.
“Others don’t believe that. That’s all right. “Science will sort it out eventually,” he said.
Though World Health Organization scientists dispatched to Wuhan for a virus investigation dismissed the lab leak hypothesis as “highly unlikely,” one of the team’s investigators expressed frustration with the difficulty in obtaining raw data from Chinese authorities. At least two of the foreign experts on the team have previous work or financial links to the Chinese government, raising concerns about conflicts of interest.
The WIV is China’s only P4 lab (the highest biosafety level). Despite the Chinese regime’s claims that it has no links to the military, the institute collaborated for years with military officials on a state-sponsored project involving laboratory animal experiments.
Major General Chen Wei, Beijing’s top biowarfare expert, took charge of the lab weeks after the Wuhan outbreak, according to Chinese media at the time. According to the paper, the move was made to provide the public with “peace of mind” amid rising “controversies and rumours” surrounding the lab, as well as with the intention of creating a vaccine against the virus.