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Accusing Beijing of COVID-19 cover-up, Chinese virologist flees Hong Kong; claims WHO advisor knew about virus

Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who specializes in virology and immunology at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, has accused China of coronavirus cover-up saying Beijing knew about the deadly virus and also accused WHO advisor Professor Malik Peiris of not doing anything about it.

Peiris is also the co-director of a WHO-affiliated lab.

In an exclusive interview to Fox News Yan said: “I believe the Chinese government knew about the novel coronavirus well before it claimed it did.”

‘I know how they treat whistleblowers’

My supervisors, who are some of the top experts in the field, also ignored research I was doing at the start of the pandemic that I believe could have saved many lives, said Yan.

Yan, who is now in hiding, has accused China of trying to destroy her reputation saying her life is in danger.

Her interview exposed several claims made by China that it shared information in a timely manner with the international community about the deadly pandemic indicating that Beijing, while buying time to understand and cope with the virus, knowingly exposed the world by lying or withholding information about how dangerous COVID-19 really was.

Yan, who claims to be one of the first scientists in the world to study the novel coronavirus, was asked by her supervisor at the University/WHO reference lab in 2019 to look into the odd cluster of SARS-like cases coming out of mainland China at the end of December 2019.

China’s CDC knew about COVID-19 spread

She was also told by a friend, a scientist at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China, about possible human-to-human transmission on December 31 well before China or the WHO admitted about such spread.

Later on January 9, the WHO came out with a statement saying, “According to Chinese authorities, the virus in question can cause severe illness in some patients and does not transmit readily between people… There is limited information to determine the overall risk of this reported cluster.”

Suddenly, all the doctors who were holding a regular discussion on the virus went into silent mode.

The WHO had recently changed the timeline of the coronavirus on its website saying it received information about COVID-19 from WHO scientists and not the Chinese authorities. Six months ago, WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had claimed that the organization got information about COVID-19 from China.

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