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China has aided in the spread of four epidemics, and COVID is not the last.

For more than two years, we have been dealing with an epidemic that no one — at least no one who does not believe Communist Chinese propaganda — believes originated in China.

In reality, the agreement currently is that COVID originated in the Wuhan lab, which I discussed in these pages at the start of the pandemic.

Many people who previously agreed with Beijing’s narrative about COVID coming from a bat cave, including China’s representative at the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, have changed their minds in recent months.

Simultaneously, there is growing evidence that the coronavirus was created as part of China’s bioweapons programme.

Staffers prepare to disinfect the rail station in Wuhan, China, the city where COVID originated. The Chinese government covered up its role in COVID’s beginnings — much as it did during the Asian flu, the Hong Kong flu and SARS. AFP via Getty Images

But, leaving all this aside, there is no doubt on one key point. The Chinese Communist Party has a long history of covering up epidemics within China, and then carelessly — or deliberately — allowing them to spread around the world.

The fall of 1957 saw an outbreak of what came to be known as the Asian flu. It was first reported in the cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, but this new and deadly influenza soon went global.

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 23, 2017 shows Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, capital of China’s Hubei province. – The P4 epidemiological laboratory was built in co-operation with French bio-industrial firm Institut Merieux and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) – dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese researcher Dr. Shi Zhengli seen working in the Wuhan lab, which many researchers now believe was the origin of the coronavirus that swept the world in 2020.AFP via Getty Images

China played no role in its creation — in this case the offending virus truly did have a natural origin — but it certainly did play a role in its spread. The new flu had arisen in the interior province of Guizhou in early 1957, and had spread throughout China in the months following. But even as tens of thousands of Chinese lay dying, the epidemic was kept hidden from view by the Communist authorities.

When infected travelers from China later carried it to Hong Kong and Singapore, the World Health Organization and other public health authorities were caught flatfooted. Thanks to Beijing’s perfidy, quarantines and vaccines came too late. Before the Asian flu had run its two-year course, it had killed well over a million people.

A girl drinks broth in a Japanese hospital during the 1957 Asian flu outbreak, which first emerged in China and later spread throughout Asia. Like with COVID, Chinese officials were accused of covering up its earliest cases.

The same scenario played out again 10 years later. In 1968, unknown influenza had quickly spread throughout the world. It came to be known as the Hong Kong flu, infuriating that city’s Chamber of Commerce, the members of which knew quite well that an epidemic was raging in Mainland China just across the border. Once again, the Communist authorities had refused to alert the world, and another million people died.

China continued to play hide the virus” when the SARS epidemic broke out in 2002. Patient Zero was a snake seller in China’s Guangdong province who came down with the disease on Nov. 16, 2002. He died shortly thereafter, and hundreds of other cases were soon recorded by Chinese health officials.

But the Communist regime lied about the disease for months, silenced whistleblowers, doctored data, duped global health authorities, and even accused “outside forces” of carrying out a “bioterrorist” attack.

Custom officers wash their hands at Haneda Airport during the “Hong Kong Flu” epidemic in 1968. Once again, Communist authorities refused to alert the world about its spread, and another million people died.The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

Sound familiar?

They did not inform the WHO about the outbreak until February 2003, three months later, and only after Canadian intelligence had already detected and publicly reported on a “flu outbreak” in progress in China.

SARS — short for severe acute respiratory syndrome” — was a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus. It had the highest case fatality rate of any influenza since the Spanish flu. Eleven percent of those who came down with SARS died.

HONG KONG – MARCH 28: Hong Kong politicians hand out free protective facemasks March 28, 2003 in Hong Kong. Schools have been closed for nine days to try and halt the spread of an Atypical pneumonia, termed severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which has infected at least 425 people in the region. At least 1000 people who have had close contact with victims will be quarantined. Travel to Asia and tourism in the region has been hit hard by the outbreak. (Photo by Christian Keenan/Getty Images)

Hong Kong politicians hand out free protective face masks in late March 2003 during the battle to contain SARS. The disease, first contracted by a snake seller in China’s Guangdong province in late 2002, was kept from the public for months.Getty Images

Like the Spanish flu, SARS could easily have killed tens of millions worldwide had the Canadians not forced Beijing to reveal its existence before it had spread outside of its borders. Its containment was aided by the fact that, while it was highly infectious, it was not airborne. As a result of its early detection and relatively low transmissibility, by the time the SARS epidemic ended in June of 2003, there had been a total of only 8,469 cases reported.

But the lethality of SARS impressed China’s bioweapons experts, and they began discussing how to genetically engineer a SARS-like coronavirus that could easily be transmitted from person to person. The kind where a single sneeze can infect an entire roomful of people.

In late 2017, a Chinese researcher named Dr. Shi Zhengli, with the help of British zoologist Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance, a beneficiary of US government funding and an ally of Dr. Anthony Fauci, traced the original SARS virus back through an intermediary host to the original carriers: the cave-dwelling horseshoe bats of Yunnan province.

As COVID continues to cause lockdowns throughout China, it is unlikely that Communist officials have learned the lessons of past plagues.AFP via Getty Images

The rest is history.

Somewhere in China, perhaps even at the Wuhan Institute of Virology itself, they are even now genetically engineering new “unrestricted bioweapons.” Anyone who thinks China’s biotechnology labs are going to be used for noble scientific purposes is committing the same fatal error that Dr. Fauci did.

Another plague — again from China — is almost certain to hit us in our lifetimes. Indeed, the very bioweapon that will be used may already be lurking in a test tube somewhere.

Steven W. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute. This piece was adapted from his new book, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Pandemics” (Regnery), published on July 26.

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