THEY'D MAKE ME DISAPPEAR' Heroic coronavirus whistleblower reveals how she fled China to reveal country’s Covid cover-up to the worldSource: The Sun
After abandoning her husband in Hong Kong to reveal the "truth" about China's cover-up, Dr Yan also alleges that Covid-19 is linked to "reckless" experiments on bat coronaviruses conducted in military labs, says a report.
Her allegations come after she claimed in July that many lives could have been saved if the Chinese government hadn’t censored her work.
Li-Meng Yan, formerly a scientist at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, says she fled to the US to expose the truth about a Beijing cover-up over the coronavirus outbreak.
Since the killer bug first came to global attention earlier this year, the Chinese government has faced accusations that it sought to silence anyone who had earlier tried to raise the alarm.
Li-Meng Yan, 36, is still determined to expose the Chinese government for allegedly knowing about the coronavirus before publicly acknowledging the outbreak.
She told the Mail on Sunday that she "could not stay silent.
"I could see China was covering up the truth and I had to do something since I was a professional who could explain it."
Dr Yan spent seven years in Changsha completing a medical degree before completing a PhD at Southern Medical University in ophthalmology – the treatment of eye disorders.
While at the University of Hong Kong she studied influenza, vaccines and coronaviruses.
Prof Leo Poon, the head of the public health laboratory sciences division asked her to investigate the virus in Wuhan for the Hong Kong government, the Mail adds.
Dr Yan alleges that she was asked to conduct a "secret investigation".
This request coincided with the day that Taiwanese experts alerted the WHO about a new respiratory disease emerging in Wuhan.
"Based on my evidence and experience, I knew there was human transmission and more cases than the government was admitting," says Dr Yan.
She claims that health bosses had the genome sequence of the new bug, yet were advising people "not to worry".
But Dr Yan said she believed the disease may have been created on purpose, following "reckless" tests on bat coronaviruses in military labs.
However CGTN, China's state-owned TV channel described “her claim that she is a defector is amusing”.
Tom Fowdy, an academic interested in East Asia's politics and affairs - who writes opinion pieces for the channel - claimed there were “credibility issues with her story".
“If she has conducted this so-called research on the Covid-19, which the university denies, then where is it?” he asked.
Dr Yan has said she feared she would be killed for speaking out in China and chose to escape to the US, where she is currently hiding at an undisclosed location.
The virologist told Fox News: “The reason I came to the US is because I deliver the message of the truth of Covid.
"If I tell it in Hong Kong, the moment I start to tell it I will be disappeared and killed."
According to Dr Yan, the Chinese Communist Party and senior university staff suppressed evidence that coronavirus could be transmitted between humans as early as last December.
Dr Yan, who grew up in mainland China, said she was among the first scientists asked to investigate a small number of cases in Wuhan.
She claimed her supervisor first asked her to conduct a "secret" investigation into a new "SARS-like" virus in Wuhan on December 31 of last year.
Dr Yan said: “The China government refused to get overseas experts, even including ones in Hong Kong, to do research in China.”
"So I turned to my friends to get more information."
The researcher said she then spoke to a number of contacts, including one who worked at China's Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
She said the pal told her of an unknown virus that had emerged in Wuhan and that "family cluster cases", an indicator of human-to-human transmission, had been observed.
She was also told that the number of cases was thought to be rising exponentially.
Dr Yan claimed that, when she took her findings to her superior, she was warned to "keep silent and be careful".
"He warned me... 'Don't touch the red line'," Dr Yan said, referring to the unspoken limits placed by Beijing on such investigations.
"'We will get in trouble and we'll be disappeared'."
The scientist says it was information that she believed could have saved lives.
Dr Yan claimed the Chinese government refused to let overseas experts, including those from Hong Kong, conduct research in China.
She explained: “I have to hide because I know how they treat whistleblowers, and as a whistleblower here I want to tell the truth of Covid-19 and the origin of the SARS-2 Covid virus.”
Doctors have reported being detained after speaking out on social media about what they were witnessing, while journalists have recounted being harassed and having their equipment confiscated after trying to report on the issue.
Ill-fated "whistle blower" Dr Li Wenliang tried to warn the world about the killer virus but was sent a chilling letter by the police before he died.
He was told by cops "if he refused to repent he would be punished" not long before he was killed by the deadly virus.
Dr Yan said: “I know how they treat whistleblowers.”
"[They want] To keep people silent if they want to reveal the truth, not only about COVID-19, but also for the other things happening in China.”
"I am waiting to tell all the things I know, provide all the evidence to the US Government.”
She went on: “And I want them to understand, and I also want the US people to understand how terrible this is. It is not what you have seen. This is something very different.
“We have to chase the true evidence and get the real evidence because this is a key part to stop this pandemic. We don't have much time."
A bombshell spy dossier claimed China lied to the world about coronavirus by covering up the outbreak.
A 15-page document, obtained by Australia's The Saturday Telegraph, laid the foundation for a case being created against China for its handling of the deadly disease.
The dossier, from the Five Eyes intelligence agencies of the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, stated that China's secrecy surrounding the virus led to an "assault on international transparency".
It said: "Despite evidence of human-human transmission from early December, PRC authorities deny it until January 20.”
"The World Health Organisation does the same. Yet officials in Taiwan raised concerns as early as December 31, as did experts in Hong Kong on January 4."