Months before the first official reports of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China, officials in Hubei Province placed a massive order for PCR tests, according to Nikkei, citing a report from researchers – including former intelligence officers – in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.
Records from a website aggregating public sector procurement contracts reveal that approximately 67.4 million yuan (US$10.5 million at current rates) was spent on the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests starting in May 2019 – nearly double the 2018 total.
“Monthly procurement data shows a spike in orders in May, especially from CDC buyers and the People’s Liberation Army,” according to the report.
The report casts further doubt on China’s official line about the origins of the virus, a topic that has fueled tensions between Beijing and Washington.
PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, tests are used to detect the presence of a particular genetic sequence in a sample, and they have applications beyond COVID-19 testing. But the report alleges the unusual uptick likely signals awareness of a new disease spreading in the Wuhan area.
Orders doubled from universities, jumped fivefold from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and surged tenfold from animal testing bureaus. Purchases from hospitals declined by more than 10%. – Nikkei
“We believe the increased spending in May suggests this as the earliest start date for possible infection,” the report concludes.
Purchases also soared between July and October as well – especially from the Wuhan University of Science and Technology, which spent 8.92 million yuan in 2019, an eight-fold increase over 2018.
The researchers note that the university, along with local hospitals and public health authorities, are the primary responders to outbreaks of new diseases – and that the involvement of these groups is evidence that “the increase of purchasing was most likely linked to the emergence of COVID-19 in Hubei Province in 2019.”
“We assess with high confidence that the pandemic began much earlier than China informed the [World Health Organization] about COVID-19.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), China told them that the first symptomatic case was recorded on Dec. 8, 2019 – however, U.S. intelligence and other agencies and researchers have alleged that the virus was circulating much earlier.
“We can’t say for sure with just” the public procurement information, said Akira Igata, a visiting professor at Tama Graduate School of Business in Tokyo who examined that data independently, “but it’s strong information for making the case that there was awareness of a virus outbreak around Wuhan several months to half a year before that December.“
“This report could provide an opportunity for countries to press China for information again,” Igata said. – Nikkei
Nikkei also notes that satellite images from Wuhan hospital parking lots reveal a ‘sharp increase in activity starting in August 2019.’
The new report casts further doubt over China’s official narrative from Beijing, which has been anything but forthcoming about their activities in Wuhan.
“There has been no sharing of usable data from China regarding how and when COVID-19 started,” said David Robinson, an author on the report. “Zero transparency has fueled a lot of hypothesis, theory, misinformation as well as heartache for the victims.”
Proud Boys continue to make mark and show growth in Miami, with latest rise coming from their assistance in getting Art Acevedo fired
Art Acevedo, whom Miami Mayor Francis Suarez dubbed the “Tom Brady” and “Michael Jordan” of police chiefs, has been defeated, after City of Miami commissioners voted unanimously to fire the top cop of the Miami Police Department (MPD) — and it came with a little help from an unlikely source: the mainstream right-wing Proud Boys.
During a grueling hours-long commission hearing on Thursday, an attorney for City Manager Art Noriega called witnesses to testify to eight reasons Noriega had outlined for why he suspended Acevedo on Monday and why commissioners should vote to dismiss the police chief who rode into town on a metaphorical mayoral parade float a mere six months ago.
From a joke that the MPD was run by the “Cuban Mafia” to a suggestion on Spanish-language radio that the city should force officers to get vaccinated, Noriega’s eight-point list of alleged transgressions also included an “ill-advised interaction” with a civilian — one that prompted Acevedo to request that Noriega issue him a formal reprimand.
Read more from the Miami New Times.
World Economic Forum unveils COVID-19 passport that uses blood test markers to determine vaccination status
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) so-called COVIDPass will use blood test markers to determine whether a person has taken the COVID-19 vaccination or not.
The WEF COVID passport proposal is based on a blood sample – not documentation provided by a doctor – tied to a QR code to prove you have been vaccinated.
“Users will have their blood screened at an approved COVIDPass laboratory before being issued with a secure QR health visa code via their phone, which they can present at airline check-ins, borders, or event entrances,” the WEF promo video states.
The video goes on to insist that its COVIDPass doesn’t use “tracing technology” and that using blood test data is “100% reliable” in ensuring that “only non-infectious people” can travel across borders.
The WEF failed to elaborate exactly on what substance in an individual’s blood would indicate their vaccination status.
“The WEF proposal is based on a blood sample, or a blood test, to prove you have been vaccinated. The only way that is possible is if the vaccine itself carries some form of marker that permanently stays (at a cellular level) in your body which can then be detected in a blood test,” The Conservative Treehouse reported.
“If the vaccine does not leave an identifiable marker or imprint in your blood, then a blood test for vaccinated status would not be possible.”
The WEF promo also fails to mention that if one refuses to eventually get a COVID passport, their lives will effectively be cut off from society.
In August, the WEF had also entertained a biometric surveillance method that would detect an individual’s unique heartbeat signature to track and trace their movements in the name of public health.
Facing millions in fines: Florida’s vaccine passport investigation reaches a yoga studio, a West Palm Beach rock concert venue and a Miami symphony orchestra
Gov. Ron DeSantis has been warning governments, organizations and businesses that the state would impose fines for violating its ban against requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
But in the past week, the state not only revealed just how steep fines would be but also the wide net of its potential targets.
The Department of Health levied a $3.57 million fine on Leon County on Tuesday for its employee vaccine requirement.
Leon was just one of the 120 entities, ranging from local governments to small businesses to arts centers, that could face fines that could range from $65,000 a week for a North Florida yoga business to $100 million for a Harry Styles concert in Orlando.
But at the same time, the processismired in confusion.
Many of the organizations and businesses on the list of potential violators of the ban on so-called “vaccine passports” also allow negative COVID tests in place of proof of vaccinations, which the DeSantis administration had suggested was legal.
Read more from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.