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Twitter suspends Chinese virologist who claims COVID-19 was made in the laboratory


Twitter has suspended the account of a Chinese virologist who has publicly claimed that COVID-19 was developed in a Wuhan laboratory.

Li-Meng Yan's account was closed Tuesday after accusing China of deliberately manufacturing and releasing COVID-19.

The Twitter account remained closed on Wednesday and a message on the page now reads: & # 39; Account blocked. Twitter blocks accounts that violate Twitter rules. & # 39;

Twitter has not commented on the suspension of Yan's account.

The social media giant began issuing warning messages on tweets containing controversial claims about coronavirus in May.

Li-Meng Yan's account was closed Tuesday after accusing China of deliberately manufacturing and releasing COVID-19

It's not clear if there was a specific tweet from Yan that violated Twitter's guidelines.

In an interview with Fox News, & # 39; Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night, Yan claimed she was suspended because & # 39; they don't want people to know that truth & # 39 ;.

Yan, a former researcher at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, said COVID-19 was "made by man" and "not of nature".

"I have evidence of why they can do what they did, how (they did)," she told Fox News.

“The scientific world is also silent … working with the Chinese Communist Party, they don't want people to know its truth. That is why I am suspended, I am oppressed, I am the target that the Chinese Communist Party wants to disappear. & # 39;

After the segment aired, the Fox News show also accused Facebook of censorship after saying they did not share the interview segment on the social media platform.

A video of the interview segment posted on the Tucker Carlson Tonight Show page now includes a warning that reads, “Incorrect information. This post reiterates information about COVID-19 that independent fact-checkers believe is incorrect. & # 39;

The Twitter account remained closed on Wednesday and a message on the page now reads: & # 39; Account blocked. Twitter blocks accounts that violate Twitter rules. & # 39; Twitter has not commented on the suspension of Yan's account

The Twitter account remained closed on Wednesday and a message on the page now reads: & # 39; Account blocked. Twitter blocks accounts that violate Twitter rules. & # 39; Twitter has not commented on the suspension of Yan's account

Yan appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight Show Tuesday night. After the segment aired, the Fox News show also accused Facebook of censorship after saying they did not share the interview segment on the social media platform

Yan appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight Show Tuesday night. After the segment aired, the Fox News show also accused Facebook of censorship after declaring they had not shared the interview segment on the social media platform

When Yan released a report this week, she claims she supports her theory that China created the virus in a laboratory.

Some scholars have since said their report was "unfounded" and "cannot be made credible".

Yan's report was not published in a scientific journal and was not peer-reviewed – which means it has not been reviewed and approved by other scientists.

Your report was published on the Zenodo website.

The study was carried out by the Rule of Law Society and the Rule of Law Foundation, sister organizations that former Trump strategist Steve Bannon founded with 50-year-old Chinese refugee Guo Wengui.

Yan, who claims to have fled to the United States in April, said she worked at the Hong Kong School of Public Health – a World Health Organization reference laboratory – before being cut off after trying to raise people-to-person attention to make transmission of the virus in December.

The lab has denied that Yan ever "conducted research into human-to-human transmission" and said their claims were "scientifically unsound."

In her report released this week, Yan claims the virus was built by merging the genetic material of two bat coronaviruses.

She claims that its spike protein – a structure on the virus's surface that allows it to attach to cells – was engineered to make it easier for the virus to attach to human cells.

Other research has already established the virus's origin as bats, which has led top experts to reject suggestions that the virus was caused by humans.

Pictured is the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, which has been the center of numerous theories that COVID-19 spread from that laboratory

Pictured is the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, which has been the center of numerous theories that COVID-19 spread from that laboratory

ORIGINS OF COVID-19: THE THEORIES

US state officials have given impetus to the idea that COVID-19 either leaked from a laboratory or was manufactured by China as a kind of weapon against humanity.

A damp Wuhan market was initially seen as a breeding ground for the virus, where selling live, wild animals would have provided the perfect opportunity to naturally spread between species.

The virus is believed to first evolved in bats before being passed on to a creature such as a pangolin, who then came into contact with humans and transmitted the virus.

Once the coronavirus got into humans, it likely mutated to survive and then escalated out of control due to an unprepared population.

There are also theories that the virus was genetically engineered by scientists or that it has actually been around for years and even killed people in the past.

Two high-security laboratories in the city – the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and the Wuhan Institute of Virology – have been the subject of many conspiracy theories.

President Donald Trump claims he saw evidence that the virus, for which he blames China exclusively, came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology – but he's not allowed to reveal it.

The institute has denied claims made in the early days of the outbreak.

In April Trump said: "We are investigating this dire situation very carefully."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed in May that there was "tremendous evidence" of the coronavirus outbreak in a Chinese laboratory – but he had not provided any of the alleged evidence.

Yan writes that her research disregards the theory that the coronavirus developed in the wild and then transmitted to humans, claiming it has "no substantial support".

"SARS-CoV-2 exhibits biological properties that are incompatible with a naturally occurring virus," she wrote.

"The evidence shows (the virus) should be a laboratory product made using the bat coronaviruses ZC45 and / or ZXC21 as a template and / or backbone."

She claims the virus should have been "built" using these bat virus stores, which she claims samples are kept in Hong Kong and China.

Yan also claims her work shows that the virus in the report's executive summary could be built up in just six months, but she doesn't return to the subject in the paper later.

Yan's claims contradict Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, who previously denied the virus was made in a laboratory.

Dr. Kristian Andersen of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., Said the genetic material clearly points to a natural origin for the virus.

"There is a lot of data and a lot of evidence and previous examples of it that came from nature," he said.

"We have exactly zero evidence or data that there is a link to a laboratory."

Dr. Angela Rasmussen, an infection and immunity expert at Columbia University in New York, said the site where the virus attaches to human cells is a "sub-optimal" fit, suggesting it was not designed.

"Additionally, there are no genetic similarities to any other virus backbones that are used in any of the known virus engineering systems," she said.

"This suggests that this virus was not developed."

Yan wrote in her paper that theories that the virus originated in nature and that the meat market in Wuhan is a "smoke protection". She claims this was told to them by CDC scientists working in China.

She previously accused Beijing of lying when it learned of the deadly infection and embarked on an extensive cover-up.

US state officials have given impetus to the idea that COVID-19 either leaked from a laboratory or was manufactured by China as a kind of weapon against humanity.

A damp Wuhan market was initially seen as a breeding ground for the virus, where the sale of live, wild animals would have provided the perfect opportunity to naturally spread between species.

The virus is believed to first developed in bats before being passed on to a creature such as a pangolin, who then came into contact with humans and transmitted the virus.

Once inside humans, the coronavirus likely mutated to survive and then escalated out of control due to an unprepared population.

There are also theories that the virus was genetically engineered by scientists or that it has actually been around for years and even killed people in the past.

Two high-security laboratories in the city – the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and the Wuhan Institute of Virology – have been the subject of many conspiracy theories.

President Donald Trump claims he saw evidence that the virus, for which he blames China exclusively, came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology – but he's not allowed to reveal it.

The institute has denied claims made in the early days of the outbreak.

In April Trump said: "We are investigating this dire situation very carefully."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed in May that there was "tremendous evidence" of the coronavirus outbreak in a Chinese laboratory – but he had not provided any of the alleged evidence.

Pompeo's claims, made in an interview with ABC's This Week, came after he said the U.S. was investigating the theory.

"There is tremendous evidence that started here," he later added. "I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from this Wuhan laboratory," he said on May 3 .

He said "the best experts so far seem to believe that it was made by scientists" rather than that it was a natural virus that escaped during research.

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