FBI Warned Of Concerns Over ‘Biosecurity Risk’ From Chinese ‘Scientists’ Research In The U.S. After Intercepting SARS Virus And Flu Samples Illicitly Carried In Their Luggage A Year Before Coronavirus Outbreak
Amelia Wynne posted a March 31, 2020 article to the website of the DailyMail.com, with the title above. Ms. Wynne writes that “the FBI warned of concerns of a ‘biosecurity risk’ from ‘Chinese scientists research’ in the U.S., after they interceptedvirus samples carried in luggage a year before the coronavirus outbreak.”
“In November 2018 — just over a year before the first coronavirus case was recorded in Wuhan — U.S. Customs at Detroit Metro Airport stopped a Chinese biologist with three samples labled ‘Antibodies’ in his luggage,” Ms. Wynne wrote. The individual told U.S Customs that “someone he worked with in China had asked him to deliver the vials to a researcher at a U.S. institute,” she added. “After examining the writing on the vials, U.S. Customs agents con concluded that the materials inside the vials may have been samples of the SARS and/or MERS viruses.”
An unclassified FBI report obtained by Yahoo News said: “Inspection of the writing on the vials and the stated recipient, led inspection personnel to believe materials contained within the vials may be viable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) materials.” MERS is much more lethal than COVID-19. Although MERS is, thankfully, much less infectious than COVID-19, MERS had a 35 percent fatality rate when it was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
“The report — written by the Cheical and Biological Unit of the FBI’s Weapons Of Mass Destruction Directorate — does not give the name of the Chinese scientist who was carrying the samples, or the intended recipient in the U.S.,” Ms. Wynne noted. “The FBI concluded that the incident, along with two other cases mentioned in the report, were part of an alarming pattern. It appears to be part of a larger FBI concern about China’s involvement with research in the United States.”
This is extremely reckless and dangerous behavior. It shows a lack of institutional control and a flagrant disregard for the safety of the public at large. And, if this is the way dangerous pathogens are handled and transported, there is no wonder that a scientist at a BLS-2 laboratory in Wuhan could have unwittingly become infected, or carried the coronavirus out of the facility on his or her person. There is no excuse for this kind of reckless and dangerous behavior. China’s inattention to commonly recognized security protocols invovlving potentially dangerous pathogens is inviting disaster — and, could well be what happened in this current pandemic. China’s behavior is a clear and present danger to the world. China must be held accountable and the U.S. should implement policies that disincentivize this kind of practice. And, we must bring the rest of the world, or as many nations as we can along with us. Otherwise, we WILL have more; and potentially EVEN MORE DANGEROUS pandemic outbreaks. As horror writer Stephen King once wrote, “God punishes us for what we cannot imagine.” RCP, fortunascorner.com