- The Facts:Chinese virologist Dr. Li Meng Yan, who recently fled China, claims she has evidence that proves COVID-19 was manmade.
- Reflect On:What are the implications of this virus being manmade if it indeed is? What would this change about the narrative if the WHO has known this for some time?
Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist and whistleblower, claims she will soon be publishing proof that COVID-19 was manmade. She believes her evidence will be so clear that even non-scientists will be able to verify the data. Previously, Dr. Yan has said that the Chinese government and the World Health Organization knew about person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 much earlier than reported. She fled China to the US to continue exploring her research.
“The genome sequence is like a human finger print’, and based on this you can identify these things. I will [use this] evidence to tell people why this has come from the lab in China, why they are the ones who made it.
Anyone, even if you have no biology knowledge, will be able to read it, and check and identify and verify it yourself.”
Dr. Yan was initially asked by a supervisor at the university she worked at in China to begin exploring a pocket of SARS cases that had popped up in Mainland China. At the time, it was looking like a new type of pneumonia.
“I was a medical doctor and PHD, I work with a bunch of the top experts in the world and because I had my two degrees from mainland China, I was the one assigned to do the secret investigation about new pneumonia in Wuhan.During my investigation, what I found I reported to my supervisor, there was no response, because everyone was worried. So I kept silent, I knew I had to tell people because it’s urgent and on the account of a famous Chinese YouTuber in the US it was told to the world [that] China had discovered the Covid situation and [that] human to human transmission already exists.
I never thought this would happen when I did the secret investigation, I [thought] I would speak to my supervisor and they would do the right thing on behalf of the government.
But what I saw was nobody responding to that. People are scared of the government but this was something urgent, and Chinese New Year time, [I knew] this was a dangerous virus and all these things meant I could not keep silent, there are human beings and global health [at risk].”
‘They deleted all my information and also they told people to spread rumours about me, that I’m a liar, I don’t know anything, I just killed a hamster in the lab. They will try to control my family and friends and then suddenly I don’t exist.”
Dr. Yan received her MD degree from XiangYa Medical College of Central South University (China), and PhD from Southern Medical University (China). Dr. Yan was based at a prestigious Hong Kong University, it was a key part of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global epidemiology network.
The Chinese national health commission still denies the COVID-19 outbreak started in the lab in Wuhan, saying there is no evidence the new coronavirus was created in a laboratory. She also claims the co-director of a WHO-affiliated lab, Professor Malik Peiris, knew but didn’t do anything about it. However, if Dr. Yan indeed publishes her findings and it tells a different story, this could be a breakthrough in the COVID narrative many have suspected was eventually going to surface.
The Importance of Journalism
This is one of the challenges with traditional or mainstream media; it is complacent with narratives from government, and often does not seek to explore other or more controversial ideas that can have a big impact on the world. In many ways, true journalism is no longer done at the mainstream media or traditional media level, it’s simply reporting on what facts have been handed down from government or major world organizations.
To the traditional narrative, it’s nothing but baseless conspiracy theories that COVID-19 started in a lab. Multiple fact-checkers have stated that because various labs and governments have said there is no evidence it’s manmade, then it’s a done deal. But what about stories like this from Dr. Yan? Are they to be not considered?
Because of this, it becomes complicated when alternative media decides to follow up on leads, whistleblowers, or claims that there is more to a particular story, and publishes something about it. Without even making sweeping claims, fact-checkers are deployed to determine whether or not the information alternative media shares is indeed factual, using mainstream media or traditional media sources to debunk the alternative media claims. This of course leads to calling alternative media false and untrustworthy.
This is why the idea that COVID-19 could have been manmade has not been thoroughly discussed, because traditional media and fact-checkers already have claimed it’s not true, even without evidence other than major institutions claiming it wasn’t. It’s important to note no one is holding these major institutions accountable nor fact-checking them.
What Are The Implications?
Why does it matter? If COVID-19 was manmade, what would change about our current situation? Motive aside, it would show us that our desire to tinker with and create viruses that could harm people, perhaps for biological warfare or other reasons, can have undesired effects. Perhaps we do begin to question whether there is a greater motive. Was it released by accident? On purpose? Who would gain from this? If they created it, have they created others? Is there already a vaccine? Why hasn’t the public been told the truth?
This would be one of the biggest implications to me, the fact that people would now know that government lied, public health lied, and the media was complacent in holding no one accountable. This would lead us to question many other aspects of our society, who has humanity’s best interest at hand, and what we collectively wish to change as a result of knowing more about what we were purposefully not told.
It has become imperative to watch multiple sources of media if you wish to explore what is going on in our world. The mainstream institutions of media lack both real journalism and contextual understanding of corruption that exists within government and major world organizations, leaving them out of touch when it comes to answering the world’s important questions.
As people, it is also important we become self-aware of how ideological we can become about our mainstream or alternative beliefs about the world. Truly staying open, dynamic and flexible in our thinking and making sense of the world is a crucial part of digesting media. These stories change how we operate on a day to day level in life. Greater responsibility is being called upon within people to engage with what is happening in our world so we don’t continue down a path of more authoritarian control and division.
We have a deep discussion about remaining self-aware and steering clear of ideological positions in a recent interview I did with Dr. Madhava Setty about 9/11, consciousness and more. Check it out here.