The Chinese Communist Party’s state media, its main propaganda engine, is pushing a disinformation campaign about the CCP Virus or COVID-19 and the vaccine, claiming that the virus originated in a U.S. military laboratory in Fort Detrick, in Fredrick, Maryland.
The CCP rejects the general consensus that the pandemic originated in the city of Wuhan and, through its state media, has spread the idea that something suspicious was going on at the Fort Detrick lab.
Chinese state television aired a report stating that the lab in Maryland was considered “the U.S. government’s darkest experiment center” by various U.S. political news sites without actually mentioning any of them.
The decision to promote such information comes just as a team of researchers backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) is in Wuhan, China, to determine what the origins of the virus were in late 2019.
As Just the News reported, the CCP has been the focus of international scrutiny over how transparently it has handled information on the pandemic from its very beginnings and how soon its spread was reported.
So far, the Chinese Communist Party has been repeatedly accused of covering up relevant information about the pandemic and acted with the WHO’s backing.
The CCP rejected an international request to carry out an independent investigation into the origins of the virus. It initially prevented a team of WHO experts from entering the country because it did not have the necessary permits ready.
The Associated Press reported that the hashtag “American’s Ft. Detrick” by the Communist Youth League began circulating on social media, reaching around 1.4 billion views last week after Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying called for a WHO investigation of the Maryland bioweapons lab.
CCP state media similarly focused on calling for an investigation into the deaths of 23 elderly people in Norway after receiving Pfizer’s vaccine. A CGTN TV presenter, the English-language station of state broadcaster CCTV, and the CCP-funded Global Times newspaper accused the Western media of ignoring the story.
On Jan. 15, it emerged that Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based NGO that researches emerging infectious diseases, admitted to backing the theory of the virus’s origins in a Wuhan seafood market to protect the scientists working in the Wuhan Virology Institute.
Daszak was also working with scientists at that facility, where studies of coronavirus in bats had been underway before reports of the Wuhan outbreak became known.
Daszak reportedly directed a group of four EcoHealth Alliance specialists to sign a letter to The Lancet without compromising his name and that of the company, according to several emails obtained by the public health research group US Right to Know.
The letter was signed by “27 prominent public health scientists” who claimed that the CCP Virus originated in the wild, dismissing its origin from a laboratory as “a conspiracy theory.”
A spokesman for Daszak told The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that his statement, cited by numerous media outlets and fact-checking organizations to censor opinions contrary to those offered by the CCP, was intended to shield the lab scientists from criticism.
At the beginning of the outbreak, CCP state media reported that the virus came from the Wuhan seafood market. However, in recent months, both Chinese diplomats and news networks changed the story, stating that the market was not the source but the victim of the virus, claiming that someone from abroad had probably introduced it.