The total value of the 2019 contract, according to Internet 2.0, was higher than the previous two years combined. The report also found that the number of PCR contracts increased from 89 in 2018 to 135.
The authors of the report claim that the spending growth is driven by contracts at four main institutions – the Chinese Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Hubei Province, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the University of Science and technologies of Wuhan and a military hospital in Wuhan. . The report says this is of enormous importance because of the role of organisms in disease control and prevention.
The report alleges that the “significant increase in spending” was noticed from the summer of 2019, starting as early as May – seven months before public health officials in China informed the World Health Organization ( WHO) that a mysterious disease was spreading in Wuhan.
The report concludes: “We assess with great confidence that the pandemic began much earlier than China informed the WHO of Covid-19. “
Internet 2.0 analysts performed a “robust and comprehensive assessment” of hundreds of PCR equipment purchase contracts found in open source databases across the province between 2007 and 2019.
According to the report, a closer examination of spending in 2019 showed a “high buying trend” by two animal testing laboratories, the Chinese military and the CDC.
“We believe that the increase in spending in May suggests that this is the earliest onset date for a possible infection,” the study says, adding, “We rate with medium confidence that the significant increase of PCR purchases begins in July 2019. “
Notable contracts found by investigators included £ 35,000 spent in early November by the Wuhan Institute of Virology on PCR instrumentation. One theory is that the virus has leaked from his lab.