The ruling Communist Party has for some time been listening to more and more acute questions about the reaction to the coronavirus outbreak at the beginning of last year – then the city of Wuhan seemed to be closed, but flights abroad were allowed for some reason.
Beijing’s response to the allegations is the spread of conspiracy theories. Some experts believe that the promotion of strange ideas could undermine the world’s efforts to quell the COVID-19 pandemic.
After all, vaccination against coronavirus has just begun, and specialists from the World Health Organization have come to Wuhan to study the origin of the virus. The calls by Chinese leader Xi Jinping not to start a new Cold War and to unite in the fight against the pandemic sound quite absurd to experts.
According to some observers, official Beijing is trying not only to annoy the West, but also to attract a huge domestic audience.
For example, it was the Communist Party Youth League that created the flagship “Fort of America”, which is estimated to have seen at least $ 1.4 billion on social media. together.
Last week, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman seemed to have deliberately called on the WHO to investigate this U.S. Army-owned biological weapons laboratory in the U.S. state of Maryland.
Fort Detroit was briefly closed in August 2019 due to concerns about security gaps in working with pathogens. Although there is no evidence that pathogens have “escaped the lab,” there are rumors in China that the coronavirus with electronic cigarettes traveled from Hawaii to Hawaii and from there to Wuhan.
“The goal is to shift the blame for the Chinese government’s poor response to the Americans in the first days of the pandemic, to talk about the US conspiracy.
The tactic is quite successful because anti-American sentiment prevails in China, “said Fang Shimin, a cinema now known in the United States, known for its fight against pseudoscience and fraud.
Another Chinese media expert, Yuan Zeng, who works at the University of Leeds in the UK, notes that the narratives suitable for the government are distributed so successfully that even educated fellow Chinese ask them if such theories are true.
“The incitement to doubt and the spread of conspiracy theories could become another major threat to public security, as governments are trying to dispel concerns about vaccines. It’s very, very dangerous, “said the specialist.
The latest propaganda volley is a call by state media to investigate the deaths of 23 people vaccinated with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine in Norway.
English-language television CGTN and the state-run Global Times have accused Western media of ignoring reports from Norway, even though health experts from the WHO have already stated that the vaccine “did not contribute” to the deaths of elders in the country.
Annoying expert visit
The Chinese media began spreading such delusions about Western vaccines after researchers in Brazil announced that the Chinese vaccine was far from as effective as previously reported. Sinovac was initially reported to be 78% effective, but is now reported to be as low as 50.4%.
Researchers at the Australian Institute for Strategic Policies then said that after the news from Brazil, the flow of disinformation about vaccines in China had risen sharply, with dozens of publications questioning the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine appearing online and even in scientific journals.
Gao Fu: I cannot rule out the negative side effects of mRNA vaccines. They are given for the first time to healthy people, so there are safety concerns.
“The government really feels very uncomfortable (about Sinovac,” ed. Fang Shimin said). “As a result, there is now an attempt to undermine confidence in Pfizer and to promote its own vaccines.”
Influential Chinese officials certainly do not hesitate and express doubts about Western vaccines based on new mRNA technology based on a synthetic chain of the genetic code. Chinese scientists do not use such innovations.
“I cannot rule out the negative side effects of mRNA vaccines. They are being prescribed for the first time to healthy people, so there are safety concerns, “said Gao Fu, director of China’s disease control centers.
The arrival of a WHO expert mission in Wuhan has brought back criticism that Beijing has heard throughout 2020 – that China has reacted sluggishly to the coronavirus outbreak in its early days and even disciplined medics who tried to warn people.
Experts will begin work this week as they have been quarantined for 14 days so far, and the regime in Beijing sees a political risk as the WHO team focuses on China’s actions earlier this year.
“The Communist Party seeks to disrupt information users at home and abroad by distorting the narrative of responsibility,” said Jacob Wallis, an analyst at the Australian Institute for Strategic Policy.
It is no coincidence that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said last week: “If America respects the truth, then please open Fort Detrik and disclose more information about 200 or more laboratories outside the United States.”
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