Uncertainty over the Wuhan coronavirus remains high as cases of the pandemic multiply.
World health officials are analyzing how the virus spread and how it could’ve been prevented.
And analysis shows that one deadly virus could’ve almost spread for an infuriating reason.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has now surpassed 1.25 million with over 68,000 deaths.
The fear and reaction to the coronavirus dwarfs the response to the SARS outbreak of 2003.
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) was a coronavirus with a much higher mortality rate (nearly 10%), although it didn’t spread nearly as easily as COVID-19.
However, SARS could’ve almost spread again for a truly terrifying reason.
A recent report exposed that back in November 2018, a year before the COVID-19 outbreak, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped a Chinese biologist at the Detroit Metro Airport who had three vials marked “antibodies” in his luggage.
The Chinese biologist told officials he was delivering the vials to a United States institute at the request of a colleague back in China.
It turns out the vials were carrying SARS and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome another coronavirus with a 30% mortality rate).
An FBI report of the incident deemed China a “biosecurity risk.”
Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding, who worked on the National Security Council for the Trump administration, said some Chinese nationals pose a threat, and some could be “unwitting.”
Spalding said, “Some likely could be deliberate, to test our ability to identify and intercept. Others could be opportunistic.”
The current scare over COVID-19 – as well as the security risk at the Detroit Metro Airport – are not the only incidents that have raised concerns about biosecurity vis-à-vis China.
After the SARS outbreak of 2003, more infections were caused by lab accidents due to mishandling at the Chinese Institute of Virology in Beijing.
Elsa Kania, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security said, “There have been cases in the past where a variant of some kind of flu pandemic had escaped from a laboratory because of mismanagement.”
Whether COVID-19 was spread by a lab accident or the unsanitary wet markets prevalent in South China, the Communist government of China bears responsibility for the terrible outbreak that’s brought the world economy to a halt and resulted in tens of thousands of deaths.
The failures of the SARS outbreak haven’t seemed to lead to any meaningful reforms.
In fact, the wet market where COVID-19 was allegedly spread is back open for business.
America, as well as other countries, are going to have to do a serious accounting of how reliant they want to be on China’s supply chain.
The COVID-19 saga has shown the weakness in relying too heavily on China for manufacturing.
Not only are the manufacturing jobs gone, but national security has been put in serious jeopardy.