In a report that flew under the radar late last week, China admitted that it did order laboratories to destroy samples of the new coronavirus in the early stage of the outbreak.
It’s a charge that has been levelled against the communist state since the beginning of the pandemic.
On Friday, Chinese Health Commission spokesperson Liu Dengfeng confirmed that “the Chinese government issued an order on January 3 to dispose of coronavirus samples at unauthorized laboratories.”
He denied that the destruction of the samples was part of a cover-up, insisting instead that they were destroyed to “prevent risk to laboratory biological safety and prevent secondary disasters caused by unidentified pathogens.”
He also claimed that the labs had not been given permission to handle the samples, and thatchy were destroyed to comply with Chinese public health laws.