Chinese virologist who said COVID-19 was lab-produced says WHO is part of cover-up

Twitter suspended Yan’s account for making false statements about the virus’ origin

Wuhan-classmate-temperature-AP A female student wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus checks temperature of her classmates at a high school in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province | AP

Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan who said the coronavirus was created in a lab in Wuhan said that the WHO was part of the cover-up. Yan, who fled China, said she has proof that the virus was lab-made. 

She also said that the wet market, where the virus is supposed to have originated, "is just a smokescreen from the Chinese Communist Party.” Yan, in May, had said that the virus was lab-made when WHO scientists have said in April that claims that the virus is lab-made is false. 

Yan in May had said that the coronavirus and the other viruses discovered are just the tip of the iceberg. Twitter suspended Yan’s account for making false claims as these. US President Donald Trump, in March, had said the virus might be produced in a lab in Wuhan. The Wuhan Institute of Virology, which houses China’s only level-four biosafety lab, has been studying coronaviruses for years, ever since the 2003 SARS epidemic prompted greater research into the role of bats in spreading such viruses. The lab has denied having anything to do with the spread of the coronavirus. 

Yan said, while working at Hong Kong's School of Public Health, her supervisor first asked her to investigate a new "SARS-like" virus in Wuhan on December 31. She reported back that cases that been rising, but was asked to “keep silent and to be careful.”

Yan, who says that the Chinese government tried to discredit her even before she left the country is also trying to tarnish her reputation through social media. 

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