The first part of our saga begins with an article from August 9, 2019 in The Scientist, “Questions Surround Canadian Shipment of Deadly Viruses to China.” We learn that Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) sent both Ebola and Henipah viruses to Beijing March 31 of 2019, and this is raising concerns from biochemical war experts who believe China could use these viruses to create biological agents for offensive use. Canada’s Public Health Agency along with the Royal Mounted Police assert that this “incident” is not a threat to public health. This lab is also being investigated following the dismissal of the lab’s head of the Vaccine Development and Antiviral Therapies’ Special Pathogens Program, one Xiangguo Qiu. Back on July 5, Qui, along with her husband/co-worker and a group of international students, all lost their security clearance.
The Cat is Out of the Bag
Henipah and Ebola are classified as bioterrorism agents by the US CDC, and they are easy to spread and cause high death rates. Both are Risk Group 4 pathogens, and they can be handled only in, “a lab with the highest level of biosafety control.” While health officials assert that all proper protocols were ...
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