A Chinese military scientist with ties to the United States reportedly filed a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine well before the disease was declared a global pandemic.
Yusen Zhou, who worked for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), lodged the paperwork on behalf of the Chinese political party on February 24 2020, according to The Australian newspaper.
That date was just five weeks after China first confirmed human transmission of the coronavirus.
Zhou is also said to have ‘worked closely’ with scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), including Shi Zhengli – the deputy director of the lab who is famous for her research on coronavirus in bats.
Their relationship is likely to strengthen speculation that the virus leaked from the lab and that China was aware that it was spreading between humans long before they alerted the international community.
Zhou mysteriously died less than three months after he filed the patent. The New York Post claims his death was only reported in one Chinese media report, despite the fact he was one of the country’s most prominent scientists.
- Scientist Yusen Zhou reportedly filed a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine on behalf of China’s People’s Liberation Army on February 24 2020
- China had only declared human transmission of the virus five weeks prior
- News that Zhou filed a patent for a vaccine so quickly suggests Chinese officials may have known about the virus much earlier than they admitted
- Zhou is also said to have worked closely with the deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology
- Some scientists have theorized that the virus was created inside that lab before it inadvertently leaked out
- Zhou died in mysterious circumstances in May 2020 – less than three months after filing the patent