The FBI has reported to Los Angeles County authorities the Fulgent Genetics laboratory, which has received millions of dollars in federal contracts and was contracted to test federal employees for COVID, for sending personal data such as DNA and other data to China.
The troubling fact made headlines last Nov. 29 when Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva sent a letter to county officials notifying them that the police department would stop using the lab in question because of its ties to the Chinese communist regime.
In his letter addressed to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Villanueva explains that on Nov. 24, he had a meeting with the local FBI agent to which the board members and the head of the health department were invited, who apparently did not attend, where they were informed of the risks to federal employees of having their mandatory COVID testing done through the Fulgent lab—founded by Chinese-American billionaire Ming Hsieh—with ties to the Chinese communist regime.
“I was shocked to learn Fulgent had strong ties with BGI, WuXi, and Huawei, all of which are linked to the Chinese Academy of Medical Science, the People’s Republic of China State Council and are under the control of the PRC,” the sheriff wrote.
“Entering into a no-bid contract with Fulgent Genetics and allowing them to have the DNA data obtained from mandatory COVID-19 testing, for unknown purposes, has shattered all confidence my personnel have in this entire process under the county mandate,” Villanueva said.
In the letter, the sheriff describes his displeasure with the fact that the lab was not vetoed in the selection process, which itself had no public bidding, even though there were several media reports about Beijing taking advantage of the pandemic to collect medical data from people around the world to create the world’s largest biological database and then dominate the pharmaceutical market.
County officials responded in a press release, denying that DNA data from federal employees were being shared or sent to China, arguing that the lab has drug and food regulator (FDA) approval and various federal contracts and the testing process did not include the gathering and sharing of personal data.
“If a credible threat is confirmed, or if the federal government takes any steps to rescind its certification, we will take immediate action to ensure no employee data is misused,” the county statement said.
However, despite the authorities denying the allegations made by the FBI, a Fox reporter noted that Fulgnet has a privacy clause where it warns its users that their personal data will be sent to the ‘outside’ if they so deem.
“We may store, process and transmit personal information in locations around the world, including locations outside of the country… Such countries or jurisdictions may have data protection laws than the laws of the jurisdiction in which you reside,” reads the Fulgnet clause shared by Bill Melugin on Twitter.
“If you do not want your information transferred to or processed or maintained outside of the country or jurisdiction where you are located, you should not use our Services,” the lab warns its users.
County officials criticized Sheriff Villanueva for focusing on testing unvaccinated employees instead of getting them vaccinated.
California no stranger to contracts with Chinese companies
Amid the pandemic and as governments worldwide pressured to hold the Chinese communist regime accountable for its role in the pandemic, California Governor Gavin Newsom paid $1 billion to a Chinese company for N95 masks without getting approval for the expenditure from his legislature.
The Chinese company, Build Your Dreams (BYD), with which Newsom made the arrangement, has a history of complaints in the United States for selling defective products.
On top of that, when Newsom contracted with BYD, then-President Trump had banned by executive order buying personal protective equipment (PPE) from foreign companies, especially targeting Beijing, which Trump blamed for the pandemic.
In September of this year, Washington Free Beacon reported that the governor of California had more than $3 billion of Californians’ pension funds (CalPERS) invested in Chinese companies, including 14 CCP-controlled companies sanctioned by both Trump and Biden.
Many of these companies are funding the Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project that Beijing uses to expand its geopolitical and military influence.