China-FM Briefing/US Bio-lab

Investigating U.S. Fort Detrick "call of world's people": Chinese FM spokesperson

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Beijing, China - July 21, 2021 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Press briefing in progress
2. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Zhao Lijian, spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
"Investigating Fort Detrick is an appeal of the world's people, including the Chinese people. It is a question that the United States must answer in terms of tracing the origin of the coronavirus. Facing the 630,000 lives lost to the coronavirus in the United States, it should be transparent, take concrete measures to thoroughly investigate the origin of the virus at home, thoroughly investigate the reason of its botched response and who should be held accountable, thoroughly investigate the mysteries over Fort Detrick and its over 200 overseas bio-labs, and explain the truth to the world's people and the international community."
3. Various of reporters

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Investigation into Fort Detrick is the call of all the people around the world, including the Chinese, which must be answered by the United States in terms of tracing the origin of the coronavirus, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a daily press briefing, as a joint open letter calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the Fort Detrick lab has gained about five million signatures from Chinese netizens as of Wednesday afternoon.

The open letter has been well received by the Chinese, with around five million people signing in less than five days, showing their indignation over some U.S. people's political manipulation using the issue of origin-tracing, said Zhao.

"Investigating Fort Detrick is an appeal of the world's people, including the Chinese people. It is a question that the United States must answer in terms of tracing the origin of the coronavirus. Facing the 630,000 lives lost to the coronavirus in the United States, it should be transparent, take concrete measures to thoroughly investigate the origin of the virus at home, thoroughly investigate the reason of its botched response and who should be held accountable, thoroughly investigate the mysteries over Fort Detrick and its over 200 overseas bio-labs, and explain the truth to the world's people and the international community," said Zhao.

In July 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a letter to Fort Detrick, asking it to terminate most operations. In the same month, respiratory diseases of unknown origin began to appear in northern Virginia, and a large-scale EVALI broke out in Wisconsin. At the end of July, a respiratory disease which could cause pneumonia for unknown reasons appeared in two nursing homes near Fort Detrick, and in September, Maryland, where Fort Detrick is located, reported that the number of patients with EVALI had doubled, according to Zhao.

Even so, the United States refused to disclose the reasons for closing Fort Detrick on the grounds of "national security", he said.

Noting that Fort Detrick still stores a large number of viruses that seriously threaten human lives, as reported by U.S. media, Zhao asked when the United States would publicly clarify the issue.

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  • ID : 8212833
  • Dateline : July 21, 2021
  • Location : China
  • Category : politics
  • Duration : 1'02
  • Audio Language : Chinese/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Published : 2021-07-22 07:18
  • Last Modified : 2021-07-22 07:22:01
  • Version : 2

China-FM Briefing/US Bio-lab

Investigating U.S. Fort Detrick "call of world's people": Chinese FM spokesperson

Dateline : July 21, 2021

Location : China

Duration : 1'02

  • English


Beijing, China - July 21, 2021 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Press briefing in progress
2. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Zhao Lijian, spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
"Investigating Fort Detrick is an appeal of the world's people, including the Chinese people. It is a question that the United States must answer in terms of tracing the origin of the coronavirus. Facing the 630,000 lives lost to the coronavirus in the United States, it should be transparent, take concrete measures to thoroughly investigate the origin of the virus at home, thoroughly investigate the reason of its botched response and who should be held accountable, thoroughly investigate the mysteries over Fort Detrick and its over 200 overseas bio-labs, and explain the truth to the world's people and the international community."
3. Various of reporters


Investigation into Fort Detrick is the call of all the people around the world, including the Chinese, which must be answered by the United States in terms of tracing the origin of the coronavirus, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a daily press briefing, as a joint open letter calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the Fort Detrick lab has gained about five million signatures from Chinese netizens as of Wednesday afternoon.

The open letter has been well received by the Chinese, with around five million people signing in less than five days, showing their indignation over some U.S. people's political manipulation using the issue of origin-tracing, said Zhao.

"Investigating Fort Detrick is an appeal of the world's people, including the Chinese people. It is a question that the United States must answer in terms of tracing the origin of the coronavirus. Facing the 630,000 lives lost to the coronavirus in the United States, it should be transparent, take concrete measures to thoroughly investigate the origin of the virus at home, thoroughly investigate the reason of its botched response and who should be held accountable, thoroughly investigate the mysteries over Fort Detrick and its over 200 overseas bio-labs, and explain the truth to the world's people and the international community," said Zhao.

In July 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a letter to Fort Detrick, asking it to terminate most operations. In the same month, respiratory diseases of unknown origin began to appear in northern Virginia, and a large-scale EVALI broke out in Wisconsin. At the end of July, a respiratory disease which could cause pneumonia for unknown reasons appeared in two nursing homes near Fort Detrick, and in September, Maryland, where Fort Detrick is located, reported that the number of patients with EVALI had doubled, according to Zhao.

Even so, the United States refused to disclose the reasons for closing Fort Detrick on the grounds of "national security", he said.

Noting that Fort Detrick still stores a large number of viruses that seriously threaten human lives, as reported by U.S. media, Zhao asked when the United States would publicly clarify the issue.

ID : 8212833

Published : 2021-07-22 07:18

Last Modified : 2021-07-22 07:22:01

Source : China Central Television (CCTV)

Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland

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