China ‘endangered other countries’ by hiding evidence, Five Eyes report says
A leaked Five Eyes dossier claims China intentionally hid or destroyed evidence of the COVID-19 outbreak to the “endangerment of other countries”.
The Saturday Telegraph reported the document — prepared by the alliance of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK — concluded China’s secrecy amounted to an “assault on international transparency” and cost tens of thousands of lives.
The 15-page research document alleged the Chinese government covered-up news of the virus by silencing or “disappearing” doctors who spoke out, destroying evidence of it in laboratories and refusing to provide live samples to international scientists who were working on a vaccine.
The paper outlined “the suppression and destruction of evidence”, the “deadly denial of human-to-human transmission” and pointed to “virus samples ordered destroyed at genomics labs, wildlife market stalls bleached, the genome sequence not shared publicly, and data on asymptomatic ‘silent carriers’ kept secret”.
It mounted a case against the Chinese government in relation to the deadly outbreak, accusing it of deliberately covering up the coronavirus by silencing doctors who spoke out, destroying evidence from the Wuhan laboratory and refusing to provide live virus samples to international scientists working on a vaccine.
Governments around the world have since January repeatedly demanded a live virus sample from the first batch of coronavirus cases in China. This is understood to have not been forthcoming despite its vital importance in developing a vaccine and locating the original source.