According to Pew Research, COVID-19 conversations had fallen below 50% for political groups as of September 7th, 2020. However, the attention that Dr. Li-Meng Yan is receiving from global media outlets, politicians, and scientific experts has created new discussions of COVID-19 to trend. The basic question has become: Do you believe or disbelieve Dr. Li-Meng Yan?
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Agree with Li-Meng Yan
I can safely state that very few people in the world agree with Dr. Lin-Meng Yan, and even fewer experts in the world are willing to entertain her thoughts. Some of her supporters would include her co-authors.
- Shu Kang (Ph.D.)
- Jie Guan (Ph.D.)
- Shanchang Hu (Ph.D.)
Disagree with Li-Meng Yan
There are a lot of people and experts around the world that disagree with Dr. Yan. Listed below are some comments from top world experts.
“The most straightforward explanation for the ‘suspicious’ genetic traits is natural recombination with other coronaviruses,” Alex Berezow, microbiologist, 2020
“Among all the bat samples we collected, the RaTG13 virus was detected in only one single sample. In 2020, we compared the sequence of SARS-CoV-2 and our unpublished bat coronavirus sequences and found it shared a 96.2% identity with RaTG13. RaTG13 has never been isolated or cultured.” ‘Bat Woman,’ Dr. Zhengli Shi, Wuhan-based virologist, August 2020.
“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats, and what’s out there now is very, very strongly leaning toward this [virus]could not have been] artificially or deliberately manipulated — the way the mutations have naturally evolved.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, 2020
“Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory constructed or a purposefully manipulated virus. Other evidence also shows that this type of coronavirus has existed in bats for decades. This new manuscript is not peer-reviewed and does not obviously offer any data that overrides previous research.” Dr. Michael Head, a global health expert at the University of Southampton
The University of Hong Kong, 2020
Dr. Yan states that she told her superiors at the University of Hong Kong that there was a human-to-human transfer in late December, and her superiors ignored her. The University’s statement.
“HKU notes that the content of the said news report does not accord with the key facts as we understand them … We further observe that what she might have emphasised in the reported interview has no scientific basis but resembles hearsay.” HKU, July 2020
I do not know if the conversations between Dr. Yan and HKU occurred about the human-to-human transfer. However, I disagree with the University’s statement overall; documented research indicates otherwise. Why HKU denies published research is unknown to me unless the publications are being ignored or have been purposely removed.
The Donor Situation
Dr. Yan claims that part of the denial from others has to do with the Chinese government’s influence over global higher education institutions. The money from China that flows into American and other countries’ higher education systems for research and other activities is unknown but is estimated to be in the billions in 2019 for the United States’ higher education system. There are no requirements for disclosing foreign gift reporting in the US, only a voluntary CARE survey.
The yearly billions do not indicate that the institution, Professors, or research has been compromised, but there is no proof that money has not created a compromise. No higher education institution will ever admit that foreign governments’ money influenced research, a Professor, or their institutions’ administration. The world news has produced thousands of headlines over decades to help you determine the ethics of a country’s higher education system, Professors, and the research produced.
Universities and China News Headlines
- UCLA prof guilty of conspiring to steal missile secrets for China could face more than 200 years in prison, Campus Reform, Jul. 8, 2019
- Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases, US Department of Justice, Jan. 2020
- FBI arrests Arkansas professor on fraud charges over financial ties to China, Washington Post, May 1, 2020
- American universities are a soft target for China’s spies, say U.S. intelligence officials, NBC News, Feb 2, 2020
- China influence scandal rocks Berlin university, Times Higher Education, Feb. 8, 2020
- How China infiltrates colleges across the globe, Asia Times, Nov. 19, 2019.
“In their crass hunger for Chinese money, universities have become China’s fifth column in the West.” Salvatore Babones, August 2020
The Chinese government is not the only supplier of money. There are many other donors that give to the scientific and academic world that could have the ability to influence an institution’s administration and the behavior and attitudes of employees. There is plenty of information to review on this topic.
Are donors affecting COVID-19 research?
None of the arguments for or against Dr. Li-Meng Yan’s information are new to me, nor do any of them surprise me. She is not the first person in the world to spread the information. However, she is the only person who has not disappeared, died, or been shut down by unknown forces, as of yet. I cannot figure out what would motivate her to make such a claim, and my belief in her remains a subject of skepticism.
However, very few people in the world would make such an accusation against the Chinese government and American experts, knowing that such allegations could place them, their families, and their friends in danger and ruin her prestigious career. This situation will continue to unfold, and we will learn the semi-truth.