- Chinese labs in Wuhan had reportedly purchased an increased quantity of coronavirus testing equipment several months before the first virus case was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019, according to a new report.
- These new findings revealed that, in 2019, there were 135 contracts containing PCR equipment issued by Wuhan laboratories, up from 89 in 2018 and 72 in 2017.
Mass PCR Tests Kits Purchased By China Months Before First Reported Case of COVID in 2019
The plot thickens as Chinese labs in Wuhan have reportedly purchased an increased quantity of coronavirus testing equipment several months before the first virus case was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019, according to a new report.
This new data procured by the Australian-U.S. cyber security firm Internet 2.0 found that there was a buy-up of polymerase chain reaction testing equipment (PCR) by nearly 50% throughout 2019. For some background information, PCR tests are widely used to determine if an individual is infected with COVID-19 as it allows scientists to amplify DNA samples to check for disease or other genetic material.
These new findings revealed that, in 2019, there were 135 contracts containing PCR equipment issued by Wuhan laboratories, up from 89 in 2018 and 72 in 2017. Furthermore, financial investment in PCR equipment increased by nearly 600% from 2015 to 2019 in Wuhan, The Australian reported.
The purchasing of the Covid-19 test became more rampant in May 2019 but became most significant in July—five months before the nation identified its first COVID-19 case to the WHO! Shocking, isn’t it?
This data, according to experts, might indicate that Chinese authorities were aware of a coronavirus outbreak earlier than December, or that there was an increased focus on virological and pandemic research in Wuhan laboratories.
Cybersecurity analyst Robert Potter, who recovered the data, told The Australian, “You can see across the trend that, starting in May and all the way through to December, you see a massive increase in PCR procurement data. Some of this may be benign but taken together it gives us a trend that comprehensively challenges the official narrative that the pandemic started in December. It also shows there's a significant amount of procurement from the government level, the PLA and the Centre for Disease Control, as well as sensitive laboratories that are in the Hubei province."
The former director of U.S. National Intelligence John Ratcliffe also told the news outlet that the increased purchase of PCR equipment in Wuhan in 2019 is significant and he thinks there's something more sinister to this.
He said, “I think there's more than just smoke here, I think there's fire from a whole bunch of different sources. I think that would be another compelling piece of evidence if you need more. I don't need more."
Some individuals believe that the report is not enough to draw such conclusions, as PCR testing can also be used to check for other pathogens found in both humans and animals. This is quite logical but suspicious at the same time.
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Heavily disputing the findings is, China's Foreign Ministry on Monday who told Bloomberg that it falls into the same category as other false claims about the origins of the coronavirus.
The spokesperson said, “Virus traceability is a serious scientific issue that should be addressed by scientists. China's anti-epidemic campaign is open to the world, the situation is clear, the facts are clear at a glance, and stand the test of time and history."
Ever since Covid-19 was discovered, in late 2019 its origins have been a heavily contested issue with the virus spread, to virtually every corner of the world, infecting over 235 million people and killing more than 4.8 million.