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Last week, Chinese virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan, who investigated the origin of coronavirus during its outbreak in Wuhan, said that her supervisor had gagged her for speaking out. She said the Chinese government was aware of the spread of Covid-19 and the virus originated from a lab in Wuhan.

Prof. Giuseppe Tritto, an internationally renowned expert on biotechnology and nanotechnology, also voiced a similar opinion, stating in his book titled China Covid-19: The Chimera that Changed the World that he believed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was behind the Wuhan coronavirus and it was artificially created as a biological weapon.

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“It’s the China Virus. It’s not the coronavirus. Corona sounds like a place in Italy, a beautiful place. It’s corona? No, it’s the China virus. They don’t want to say it. You know, the radical left, they don’t want to say it,” he wrote. Moreover, in March, he had said that China was responsible for the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Since the outbreak of this pandemic in Wuhan, China has so far recorded 85,314 cases. Many people are shocked at this figure. Only 85,314 cases in nine months for a population of more than 1.4 billion? India had recorded 85,919 cases in a single day (24 September) with total cases more than 5.8 million until last week.

There is definitely something wrong with the Chinese figures and the Chinese government must answer several questions posed by health experts. Questions not only about this virus, but about other viruses, too.

Why do so many viruses originate in China? And why are all these viruses deadly? These are the questions circulating on social media, with no clear answers. Bird flu, which mutated and infected humans, came from China, as did swine flu, and now Covid-19.

China has released only partial data, but with no original genetic structure of the coronavirus. As a result, the world will continue to suffer because lack of data is delaying the discovery of an effective vaccine. What we need is a vaccine without side effects, but that is yet to happen.

The blame for all this also goes to the World Health Organization (WHO) which is not forcing China to release all the data from the Wuhan lab and WHO is yet to study why so many viruses originate in China.

China is today a major donor to WHO and there is talk that the organisation is succumbing to Chinese pressure, sacrificing its independence and impartiality for financial considerations.

Soon, the US will lead the world against China. Last week, Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump said that American intelligence agencies are following important leads indicating that the virus came from a Wuhan laboratory. Once this information is gathered, the US administration must share it with institutes, research centres and scientists for analysis.

I believe that China will soon face a war not only from the US but also from other countries due to the Covid crisis. President Trump has issued threats and his administration, too, speaks in the same voice, accusing China of causing this disaster and demanding compensation for losses to American economy worth trillions of dollars.

China will not yield to such a demand and Trump is likely to start an international coalition against Beijing targeting its economy.

Whether Trump will be elected in the coming election or not, the American administration will not close this issue without forcing China to pay a price for the damage to global health and economy.