Yusen Zhou, a Chinese military scientist, reportedly filed a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine long before the novel coronavirus was declared to be a global pandemic.
Zhou, who was employed by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), filed the paperwork for the patent on behalf of the Institute of Military Medicine, Academy of Military Sciences of the PLA on February 24, 2020, only five weeks after China confirmed that COVID-19 could be transmitted between humans.
Zhou also reportedly “worked closely” with other scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). One of his alleged collaborators was Shi Zhengli, the deputy director of the WIV — who also researched coronaviruses in bats.
Zhou died in mysterious circumstances in May 2020, less than three months after filing for the patent. “Despite being an award-winning military scientist, there were no reports or tributes, with him just listed as ‘deceased’ in a Chinese media report in July and a December scientific paper,” according to The New York Post.
All these circumstances seem to support the speculation that COVID-19 was originally leaked from the Wuhan lab.
Last week, Biden ordered an intelligence probe into whether COVID was man-made after all, an option previously considered to be a “conspiracy theory.” The intelligence community will work with the National Labs, “17 elite research facilities under the Energy Department, because of their ability to crunch massive amounts of data.”
"We want the science to be a big part of this," a White House told CNN. "We are going to use the full resources of our intelligence and scientific community to try to get to the bottom of this."