Chinese citizens asked to pay attention to the military laboratory located in the state of Maryland.
About 5 million Internet users in China have signed a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) calling on them to check compliance with safety standards at the American bio lab at Fort Detrick. This was reported on Wednesday by the newspaper “Huanqiu Shibao.”
In early June, Chinese activists published an open letter to the WHO on the Internet. In it, the citizens of the People’s Republic of China asked to pay attention to the military laboratory located in the state of Maryland.
On July 15, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the organization is preparing for the second stage of studying the origin of the coronavirus in Wuhan and expects transparency from the Chinese authorities. On July 17, Huanqiu Shibao re-published an open letter from Chinese activists. Within 48 hours, it was signed by 1 million Internet users.
“The growing numbers reflect the cry of the soul of the Chinese people, they express anger towards some people in the United States who are engaged in political manipulation in tracking the source of the virus,” the publication quotes the official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, who commented on the message. “The United States should have checked Fort Detrick as soon as possible, but they did not do this, and the mystery of the bio lab remains unresolved,” the diplomat added.
The letter claims that the most dangerous viruses are stored in the Fort Detrick laboratory, while the safety indicators at the facility do not meet the requirements. Users noticed that the Americans opened the laboratory in the fall of 2019 – before the spread of the coronavirus in the world.
The Walter Reed Army Research Institute is located at Fort Detrick. It is run by the Pentagon and conducts biomedical research, including infectious diseases.