Free Pressers noted that soon after Xi’s Feb. 14 comments, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology released a new directive titled: “Instructions on strengthening bio-security management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel Coronavirus.”
All this seems to indicate that the Chinese government has a very real problem securing its deadly pathogens.
Why does China have a high security, Bio-Safety Level-4 (BSL-4) laboratory in Wuhan anyway?
Is it part of a secret Chinese bioweapons research program? Is it related in any way to the novel coronavirus outbreak?
According to Nature, this bio-containment laboratory in Wuhan, built with assistance from France, is only three years old. It was cleared by the Chinese government in 2017 to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens–BSL-4 labs are built to contain highly infectious and lethal agents such as the Ebola, Nipah and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses, as well as SARS, coronavirus, and pandemic influenza virus.
Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory is meant to help Chinese scientists “prepare for and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks,” according to a 2019 report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Nature also notes, that some scientists worry about pathogens escaping, and others are concerned these labs could be part of a covert biological weapons program. The plan to expand this lab into a bigger network of labs only heightens these concerns.