A Hong Kong virologist who fled to the United States earlier this year told “Bill Hemmer Reports” in an exclusive interview on Monday that lives could have been saved if the Chinese government had not censored his work.
“This is a huge pandemic that we have known around the world,” said Yan Li-Meng to host Bill Hemmer. “It is more than anything we have known in human history. So the timing is very, very important. If we can stop it early, we can save lives. “
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Yan told Fox News Digital last week that she thought the Chinese government knew about the new coronavirus long before it publicly recognized the epidemic. She also said that her supervisors, recognized as some of the best experts in the field, ignored the research she was doing at the start of the pandemic that she believed could have saved lives.
“I have to hide because I know how they treat whistleblowers, and as a whistleblower here, I want to tell the truth about COVID-19 and the origin of the COVID SARS-2 virus,” Yan told Fox Digital News .
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She told Hemmer that the Beijing government knew in December that more than 40 citizens had already been infected with the virus and “human-to-human transmissions.” [were] already [occurring] at this moment. ”
Intelligence file compiled by Five Eyes intelligence agencies that was leaked to an Australian newspaper in May said Chinese authorities denied that the virus could spread between humans until January 20, “despite evidence of transmission between humans in early December “. As early as January 14, the World Health Organization declared that there was “no clear evidence” of the human-to-human transmission of COVID-19.
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Yan told Hemmer that she had tapes of communications with others in China, appearing to describe them as chat journals, and stressed that she feared for her life.
“I know how they treat whistleblowers,” she said. ” [They want] Silence people if they want to reveal the truth, not only about COVID-19, but also for the other things that are happening in China. For example, during SARS [pandemic of 2003], Dr. Jiang Yanyong, Chief Physician, Revealed Evidence [of a cover-up] in Beijing… and also in Shanghai [another physician’s] team reviewed the sequence of SARS-COVID-2 [coronavirus] for the first time in the world and published it in February this year, then their laboratory was closed by the government.
“I’m waiting to say everything I know, to provide all the evidence to the US government,” added Yan. “And I want them to understand, and I also want the American people to understand how terrible it is. It is not what you saw … It is something very different. We have to chase the real evidence and get the real evidence. because it is a key element in stopping this pandemic. We do not have much time. ”
Barnini Chakraborty of Fox News contributed to this report.