@Ayjchan @K_G_Andersen @stgoldst @RozSofia @Ayjchan @K_G_Andersen please note that there were 11 infections in the Beijing 2004 leaks, not 8.
The 8 you are mentioning are for the main chain of infection with 3 levels from one primary case in April.
But there were 3 more primary cases for a total of 11 cases.
@Ayjchan @K_G_Andersen @stgoldst @RozSofia All were linked to the heavily contaminated CDC P3 lab (the top P3 in China at the time).
The cases are typically separated between:
- The February ones (Cui and Ren) which seem to have been covered up by the CDC Institute of Virology. Also we only have pseudonyms for these 2.
@Ayjchan @K_G_Andersen @stgoldst @RozSofia - The April ones-9 infections (1+8, officially the 'Beijing-Anhui Apr-2004 breakout'.
The official Chinese report only focussed on the April infections - keeping very quiet about the February ones. Here is the main April chain of infection.
Here is are the 9 from Apr 2004:
@Ayjchan @K_G_Andersen @stgoldst @RozSofia We know about the initial 2 Feb 2004 simply because of a report in the Chinese press at the time (Caijing).
Otherwise China kept very quiet about them, and on purpose did not include them in its investigation with the WHO (never fully released).
@Ayjchan @K_G_Andersen @stgoldst @RozSofia Nor did China ever SARS mention that the sample fridge had been moved *outside* of the lab as it was at 2 or 3 times capacity being full on students unqualified in biosafety.
We learnt that via Caijin and other mainland newspapers citing witnesses.
@Ayjchan @K_G_Andersen @stgoldst @RozSofia Anyway going back to the silence about the 2 primary cases in Feb 2004, this was due to the fact that the Chinese authorities had visited that lab in January 2004 (following the Singapore/Taiwan SARS leak) and ordered a strengthening of biosafety measures.
@Ayjchan @K_G_Andersen @stgoldst @RozSofia The CDC P3 management team (Hong Tao, Dong Xioping, Wong Jianwei) just ignored them.
So the government would have looked very bad if the Feb 2004 cases had been publicised, since they were ignored and they did not follow up.
@Ayjchan @K_G_Andersen @stgoldst @RozSofia Anyway, the best part of all is that Dong Xioaping - who was officially sanctioned at the time for his role in the Beijing lab leaks - was #2 on the Chinese side of the Feb 2020 WHO mission. Only in China...
@K_G_Andersen @PeterDaszak prove me wrong on any of the points I made..
@Ayjchan @K_G_Andersen @stgoldst @RozSofia @PeterDaszak Even the recent @StateDept factsheet about the WIV got it wrong and mentioned only 9 cases during the leak.
A good example of the value for China of obfuscating the truth.