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More Trolling by China

In an article by the New Zealand Herald on the 21st June 2021 titled “Covid 19 Coronavirus: Wuhan Institute of Virology shortlisted for ‘outstanding science achievement’ prize”, we’re treated to some more world-class propaganda and blatant trolling from the media and China.

To add to the confusion and arguments around the COVID origin story, the only two permitted possibilities as of today (but that could all change, it has before) are:

  1. It came from a bat
  2. It came from a lab

…and to muddy the waters further we now have the Wuhan Institute of Virology who is the chief suspect in the lab theory being awarded by China’s Academy of Sciences.

In the article the two candidates listed for the 2021 prize are described as:

“bat woman” Dr Shi Zhengli, and deputy director Dr Yuan Zhiming


Later on in the article in a section titled “Wuhan lab scientists ‘slandered'” our intrepid “bat woman” is quoted as saying (without a trace of irony) “How on earth can I offer up evidence for something where there is no evidence?”.

This is of course in reference to the accusations that the “novel Coronavirus” that allegedly causes SARS-CoV-2 was created in the lab where she works. The rest of the article then flip-flops between inferring there is evidence to support it came from a lab and that there is scepticism around the lab leak theory.

The whole point of this is to keep the arguments between two false ideas going, and stop anyone pursuing any other possibilities like this is a rebrand of existing, mostly seasonal respiratory illnesses and has been opportunistically used to advance a global transformation encompassing a “fundamental change in the way we live, work and relate to one another” that includes “merging the physical, digital and biological worlds” and forces us to “rethink how countries develop, how organisations create value and even what it means to be human”. Surely not, right? It was definitely from a bat, or a lab, or a lab run by a bat woman, or…