WIV denied permission to use the BSL4 lab for SARS experiments

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Damning information about the origins of Covid was released today – a 2018 cable from the US State Department reveals that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was refused permission to use its BSL4 lab for experiments on the SARS virus.

Wuhan Institute of Virology coronavirus research scientist Shi Zhengli was denied permission to use the BSL4 lab for SARS experiments, according to a U.S. State Department cable obtained by U.S. Right to Know.

The cable states that The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China, which was responsible for overseeing laws and regulations regarding public health, denied Shi permission to use the high-containment lab.

This information was redacted when the cable was originally disclosed by the Washington Post in April 2020, though it was tweeted by Josh Rogin in July 2020. U.S. Right to Know obtained the fully unredacted cable, confirming Rogin’s tweets.

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