Yan made those statements in an interview on Friday with the conservative Fox network, which has been echoed by local media numbers to date.
The virologist, who worked at the Hong Kong University of Public Health, said the Chinese government knew of the danger posed by SARS-CoV-2 before it reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31 of the outbreak in the Wuhan region of China.
In addition, Yan relates that she began studying the virus in December from Hong Kong and was in contact with other virologists who were in mainland China and had more information on the virus.
He allegedly found out that the virus was transmitting very quickly between people, something that was still unknown, and reported his findings to Dr. Leo Poon, a suspected WHO contractor who concealed his research and asked him to remain silent, hinting that it could lose life.
“He asked me to be silent and to be careful. That I did not touch the red line, that is, that I did not go against the procedures of the Government of China and that I did not contradict its principles. If not, I would get in trouble and could ‘disappear.’ ‘”Yan told Fox.
The virologist accuses the WHO of “corruption” and complicity with the Government of China, a hypothesis that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, has championed since the start of the pandemic.
Yan was interviewed on Fox, the president’s favorite and for years has fueled conspiracy theories.
Efe could not independently verify the veracity of Yan’s claims.
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The WHO has denied the virologist’s accusations and told Fox that “many people work for them as consultants” but they do not have data to prove that Yan, as she claims, worked for a reference laboratory of the organization specialized in viruses and pandemics. .
The WHO told Fox that it also has no data on its files about Poon, Yan’s supervisor.
Since the start of the pandemic, 12.7 million people have been infected worldwide and more than 565,700 have lost their lives, according to an independent count by Johns Hopkins University in the United States.