According to a new report, Chinese laboratories in Wuhan bought more coronavirus testing tools several months before the first virus case was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019.
Since PCR tests enable researchers to amplify DNA samples in order to examine them for disease or other genetic material, they were and still are frequently used to identify whether a person is infected with COVID-19.
According to new data gathered by the Australian-American cyber security company Internet 2.0. Polymerase chain reaction testing equipment (PCR) purchases increased by approximately 50% in 2019.
The latest statistics show that Wuhan laboratories issued 135 contracts incorporating PCR equipment in 2019, up from 89 in 2018 and 72 in 2017. In addition, The Australian noted that from 2015 to 2019, Wuhan had an almost 600 percent growth in financial investment in PCR equipment.
Although the surge in purchasing started in May 2019, it reached its peak in July, five months before the country reported its first case of COVID-19 to the WHO.
The findings, according to experts, may show that Chinese authorities were aware of a coronavirus outbreak earlier than December or that virological and pandemic studies were given more attention in Wuhan laboratories.
Cybersecurity analyst Robert Potter, who recovered the data, told The Australian that “You can see across the trend that, starting in May and all the way through to December, you see a massive increase in PCR procurement data. Some of this may be benign but taken together it gives us a trend that comprehensively challenges the official narrative that the pandemic started in December.”
“It also shows there’s a significant amount of procurement from the government level, the PLA and the Centre for Disease Control, as well as sensitive laboratories that are in the Hubei province.”
Now the question to ask is not only whether China knew about the Covid-19 pandemic much beforehand, considering its purchase of PCR tests before the start of the pandemic, but whether worldwide government knew about it too. Did worldwide governments purchase PCR tests much before the start of the pandemic?
According to the World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS), COVID-19 testing kits were purchased in 2017 and 2018, implying prior knowledge of the outbreak. But this was claimed as false and another “conspiracy theory” because the World Bank explained the products had only been relabelled with COVID-related descriptions in April 2020. Prior to that, the products had been listed since 2017, but not in relation to the pandemic. The World Bank told Reuters that these products and product codes predate COVID. They have been used since 2017 – not in relation to COVID-19 but labelled “in much more technical terms that did not mention COVID”.
Can the Maltese government show proof to the Maltese nation that it has purchased PCR tests at the start of the pandemic and not beforehand, implying that it had knowledge of the Covid-19 outbreak much before the actual outbreak?