FBI and CDC Raid Secret Chinese Covid Biolab in California
30 July, 2023 | Anupam Shrivastava
The clandestine Chinese biolab was stocked with a menacing collection of infectious bacterial and viral agents, posing significant biosecurity threats.
In a dramatic turn of events, a secret Chinese Covid Biolab located in the city of Reedley, California, was raided by the FBI and CDC’s division of select agents. The unsuspecting site, listed as an empty building, was found to harbor infectious bacterial and viral agents, raising serious concerns about biosecurity and the potential risks associated with such operations. Shocking discoveries included a vast array of bioagents, genetically engineered mice carrying various COVID strains, and thousands of unlabeled fluids and suspected biological materials. This article delves into the details of the raid and its implications for public health and biosecurity.
Dangerous pathogens were recovered from illegal biolab
During the raid on the clandestine biolab, the CDC’s division of select agents made a disturbing revelation. The site was stocked with a menacing collection of infectious bacterial and viral agents, posing significant biosecurity threats. The list of bioagents found on the premises included malaria, rubella, HIV 1/11, chlamydia, E. coli, streptococcus pneumonia, hepatitis B and C, and herpes 1 and 5. The presence of such dangerous pathogens in an unlicensed facility in the heart of California raises alarming questions about the lab’s purpose and operations.
Additionally, the raid uncovered a distressing situation for approximately 900 genetically engineered mice, specially designed to carry various strains of COVID. These mice were found living in appalling conditions, and tragically, another 175 were discovered dead. The inhumane treatment of these animals has sparked outrage among animal rights activists and health authorities alike.
Unlabeled fluids and suspected biological materials were also seized during the raid, with thousands of vials discovered on the premises. The lack of proper identification and containment of these substances poses serious risks to public health and safety, potentially leading to accidental exposure or contamination.
Biolab has a hidden connection with China
The tenant of the raided facility was identified as Prestige BioTech, a company registered in Nevada. However, it was revealed that the company was operating without a license in California, raising suspicions about the legitimacy of its activities. City officials attempted to reach the company’s president, Xiuquin Yao, but the provided addresses for authorized agents led to empty offices or unverifiable addresses in China.
Moreover, the presence of numerous package boxes, many bearing shipping labels from China, further deepens the mystery surrounding the true nature of the biolab’s operations. The implications of such international connections and activities within the borders of the US demand a thorough investigation by relevant authorities.
Biosecurity Concerns and Public Health Risks
The raid on the secret Chinese Covid Biolab in California has brought to light significant biosecurity concerns. The presence of infectious bacterial and viral agents, genetically engineered mice carrying COVID strains, and uncontrolled biological materials present a potential hazard to both the local community and global health.
Furthermore, the inhumane treatment of genetically engineered mice raises ethical questions and highlights the need for stringent regulations and oversight of research involving animals.
The shocking raid on the secret Chinese Covid Biolab in Reedley, California, has unveiled a disturbing situation. The presence of infectious agents, inhumane treatment of genetically engineered mice, and uncontrolled biological materials pose serious biosecurity risks and public health concerns. As investigations continue, it is crucial for authorities to address these issues promptly and take appropriate measures to prevent such incidents in the future. The collaboration between agencies like the FBI and CDC in tackling biosecurity threats is paramount to safeguarding public health and global security.