Leading Epidemiologist Knew Of Covid in Wuhan Before Official Global Announcement
Professor Ian Lipkin, a globally renowned epidemiologist, admitted he discovered news of the Wuhan pandemic outbreak on December 15, 2019, over two weeks before its worldwide disclosure.
Mr Lipkin, who has worked in China for almost two decades and is known for his research on the SARS epidemic in 2003, confessed in a documentary directed by Spike Lee. His statement challenges the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) version of the pandemic’s origins.
In a Columbia University medical centre video recording, the professor also stated that he first heard of the outbreak in mid-December 2019. He reportedly tracked the disease with his colleagues from the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the Chinese government. He visited the country to investigate in January 2020.
Mr Lipkin told another podcast that he discovered the outbreak from his Chinese research partner Lu Jiahai, a public health professor at a Guangzhou university.
The CCP, who hid virus experiment data, silenced doctors and journalists, blamed other nations for the pandemic and resisted global health authority investigations, claimed a Wuhan doctor first reported the virus on December 27 after discovering a case in her hospital the day before.
Yet, Beijing remained silent for 16 days following Taiwan’s discovery of the virus. The CCP’s delay in alerting the world while concealing human transmission gave time for the virus to multiply, leading to the current global pandemic.
Caixin Global journalists even reported that a private lab in Guangzhou had sent an almost complete genome sequence of the virus, which looked similar to SARS, to the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. This report was later deleted from the internet.
“The background of the virus in Wuhan still raises many questions that desperately need answers to ensure we avoid a repeat of the pandemic that has hurt us all so badly,” stated the United Kingdom’s Tory MP and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Tugendhat.
“China needs to stop putting up barriers to ensure the world can understand what happened and learn all the necessary lessons to prevent future pandemics.”
During his 2020 trip to China, Mr Lipkin met with Chinese premier Li Keqiang and prominent scientists to discuss the outbreak of COVID-19 or the CCP virus. The professor predicted the virus would cause fewer deaths than SARS, which killed 774 people. He was also involved in the debate over the pandemic origins and the attempt to cover up the lab-leak hypothesis.
Mr Lipkin initially condemned global condemnation of China while praising the nation’s so-called efforts to stifle the outbreak and co-authoring a study in Nature Medicine journal ruling out the lab-leak hypothesis.
He also led a unit at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, which received grants worth 1.34 million USD between 2018 and 2020 from the CCP-affiliated EcoHealth Alliance. This charity, founded by British CCP puppet Peter Daszak, funded bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is believed to have created the CCP virus.
However, Mr Lipkin claimed he changed his view following his discovery of the WIV’s high-risk gain-of-function (the process of increasing the lethality of viruses) experiments on bat coronaviruses.
“If they’ve got hundreds of bat samples that are coming in, and some of them aren’t characterised, how would they know whether this virus was or wasn’t in this lab? They wouldn’t,” said Mr Lipkin.
The Columbia University professor was also a consultant for the film Contagion. The film’s plot is said by netizens to have featured eery similarities to the current pandemic.
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