A Chinese military scientist who allegedly worked on a Covid-19 vaccine before the pandemic even started was thrown from a roof and died, witnesses have claimed.
Zhou Yusen, 54, died in May 2020. The scientist from the Wuhan Institute for Virology is believed to have filed a patent for a Covid vaccine on February 24, 2020 – sparking intrigue around his death.
According to The Times, witnesses said he fell from the Wuhan Institute roof while working for the People's Liberation Army. This has not been verified.
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US vaccine developers told investigators that data cited in Zhou's patent, filed barely a month after China started locking down, would have been impossible to generate in one month.
They guessed it would have taken at least three, suggesting Wuhan boffins might have been working on a Covid vaccine as early as November or December 2019 – two months before the world knew about Covid.
The first case of Covid was reported in Wuhan in December. Covid was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on March 11.
Zhou was one of a number of military personnel collaborating with scientists at the Wuhan Institute for Virology. It has been claimed the team were working on increasing the infectiousness of viruses.
FBI director Christopher Wray said earlier this year: "The FBI has for quite some time now assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan."
Investigators found a marked increase in cases of flu-like illness in Wuhan in October.
It was also claimed that a new fatal coronavirus – the only known immediate relative of Covid-19 before the pandemic – was found in 2016 in China.
Chinese authorities did not tell the world about it and instead transported it to the Wuhan lab.
One US investigator told The Times: "The trail of papers starts to go dark. That’s exactly when the classified programme kicked off.
"My view is that the reason it was covered up was due to military secrecy related to the army‘s pursuit of dual-use capabilities in virological biological weapons and vaccines."
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