Yusen Zhou, who worked for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), lodged the paperwork on behalf of the Chinese political party on February 24 2020, according to The Australian newspaper.
That date was just five weeks after China first confirmed human transmission of the coronavirus.
Zhou is also said to have ‘worked closely with scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), including Shi Zhengli – the deputy director of the lab who is famous for her research on coronavirus in bats, dubbed as the “batwoman” for her work on coronavirus in bats.
The first case of Covid was reported in Wuhan in December, 2019 – but the World Health Organisation did not declare a pandemic until March 11, 2020.
It means the vaccine patent was filed just a short time after China first admitted there was human-to-human transmission of Covid – and two weeks before a pandemic was officially declared.
“This is something we have never seen achieved before, raising the question of whether this work may have started much earlier,” Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, of Flinders University, told The Australian.
But Zhou mysteriously died less than three months after he filed the patent for the vaccine.
And according to The New York Post, Zhou’s death in May last year was only reported in one Chinese media report, despite the fact he was one of the country’s leading scientists.
US President Joe Biden last week ordered intelligence agencies to launch a probe into whether COVID was man-made after all.
Senator Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, said the Biden administration’s response was ‘better late than never, but far from adequate.’
‘Our intelligence community has been looking at this now for 15 months. They’ve done good work on it, but in the end the answer lies in the hands of Chinese communists, not people working for American intelligence agencies,’ he told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Cotton said that officials in Beijing have not been forthcoming about how the pandemic began. ‘We should be insisting that they come clean, that they provide us a clear and unvarnished look at what was happening in the Wuhan labs,’ he said.