Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic—— January 3, 2020 – Dr. Li Wenliang Signs “Reproach Letter”, National Health Committee Orders Samples Destroyed

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On January 3, 2020, Dr. Li Wenliang, one of the earliest whistleblower, signed a “Reproach Letter” issued by Wuhan Police. On the same day, National Health Committee sends out notice ordering biological samples destroyed, and bans academic publication related to the outbreak

On January 3, 2020, Dr. Li Wenliang, one of the earliest whistleblower, signs the “Reproach Letter” issued by Wuhan Police.

The letter states: “Li Wenliang… ”, “posted fake news about 7 SARS cases found in Hua-Nan Wet Market in Wechat group (name redacted), on December 30, 2019”. 

The letter orders Li to stop posting similar news: “We hope you can cooperate with our police work, follow our suggestions, and stop such illegal activities.”

On the same day, National Health Committee issued Notice on Increasing the Control of Biological Samples and Related Scientific Research in the Event of Major Outbreak of Contagious Disease.

The notice bans the release of biological samples, pathogens and related information to other parties: “no biological samples, pathogens, cultures and related information shall be released to other parties or individuals without permission.”

The notice also demands that: “Any biological samples collected prior to the release of this notice shall be destroyed immediately, or sent to the designated institutions for safekeeping”.

The notice also bans publishing any academic publications related to the outbreak, without permission: “No party or individual shall release any information regarding the testing of pathogens, or any related experiments performed. Any related academic paper and the publication of the academic results must be approved by the supervising department.”

Notice on Increasing the Control of Biological Samples and Related Scientific Research, source: matters.news

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