Labs in the Chinese city of Wuhan dramatically increased purchases of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) equipment in the second half of 2019, indicating that it was months before the government reported the first case to the WHO in December 2019 “The virus was spreading”. for a new report.
Data compiled by Internet 2.0, an Australian cyber security company, found that the Chinese government spent almost double the amount on PCR tests – to detect certain viruses – in 2019 compared to the previous year. While China bought PCR equipment for 36.7m yuan (£4.1mn) in 2018, it spent 67.7m yuan (£7.6m) in 2019.
The report also found that the total PCR procurement contracts increased from 89 in 2018 to 135 in 2019.
The “significant, significant and unusual” increase in procurement came mainly from four institutions – the People’s Liberation Army Airborne Army Hospital, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Wuhan University of Science and Technology, and the Hubei Province District Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Robert Potter, CEO and Founder of Internet 2.0 australian That some purchase data may be benign. “But together it gives us a trend that has widely challenged the official narrative that the pandemic began in December,” said Mr Potter, one of the study’s authors.
“It also shows that there is a significant amount of procurement from the government level, the PLA and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as sensitive laboratories in Hubei province,” he said.
China reported its first cluster of cases on 31 December 2019, while the WHO published its first advisory on cases on 5 January 2020. According to the Internet 2.0 study, the increased spending was noticed in early May 2019.
However, the study was disputed by China’s foreign ministry.
“The ability to detect viruses is a serious scientific issue that must be addressed by scientists,” a spokesperson told bloomberg Before dismissing it as another dubious claim about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
Other medical experts also approached the conclusions drawn from the research with caution.
Dr Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said he did not know the specific reason behind the increase in purchases in Hubei province at the time. But he said the increase in purchases of PCR equipment in general is not surprising as it had already become the “method of choice for pathogen detection” even before the pandemic.
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