A cursory check of [Chinese virologist, Dr. Li-Meng] Yan’s twitter page reveals that the account has been suspended as of this moment. The suspension took place shortly after Dr Yan had accumulated roughly 60,000 followers in less than 48 hours.
It was not immediately clear what justification Twitter had to suspend the scientist who, to the best of our knowledge, had just 4 tweets as of Tuesday morning none of which violated any stated Twitter policies, with the only relevant tweet being a link to her scientific paper co-written with three other Chinese scientists …
If we have already crossed the tipping point when anyone who proposes an “inconvenient” explanation for an established “truth” has to be immediately censored, then there is little that can be done to salvage the disintegration of a society that once held freedom of speech as paramount.
Canceling is so much quicker nowadays.
If you’re not over the target, you’re not getting flak. So she must be pretty close. So let’s see what the fuss is about:
Dr. Li-Meng Yan — a Chinese virologist (MD, PhD) who fled the country, leaving her job at a prestigious Hong Kong university — appeared last week on British television where she claimed SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, was created by Chinese scientists in a lab.
From the abstract to the paper, which is titled “Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route”:
The natural origin theory, although widely accepted, lacks substantial support. The alternative theory that the virus may have come from a research laboratory is, however, strictly censored on peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Nonetheless, SARS-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus. In this report, we describe the genomic, structural, medical, and literature evidence, which, when considered together, strongly contradicts the natural origin theory.
The evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 should be a laboratory product created by using bat coronaviruses ZC45 and/or ZXC21 as a template and/or backbone. Building upon the evidence, we further postulate a synthetic route for SARS-CoV-2, demonstrating that the laboratory-creation of this coronavirus is convenient and can be accomplished in approximately six months.
Several parties around the world have been pointing out since February that this virus has some unusual features, some of which are very suggestive that it came out of a lab. Yes, the original virus probably came from a cave in China in 2012. But it was then enhanced by the Chinese bio-warfare lab in Wuhan.
Covid probably escaped from the lab accidentally. But it is hard to be sure, especially when you step back and realize how efficiently China used it to poison its industrial competitors.
The Chinese took their own covid pandemic very seriously, stomping it out with the world’s severest lockdown — even welding people into their apartments, and running all-day curfews. What do they know that we don’t about its long-term health effects?