FAST FIVE: FBI Report: Border Agents Stopped A Chinese Biologist Sneaking Viable SARS, MERS Viruses Into US Airport

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A now viral investigative report based on a newly released FBI document authored by no less than the Chemical and Biological Intelligence Unit of the FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) finds that a Chinese scientist was caught under extremely suspicious circumstances transporting vials believed to contain the deadly MERS and SARS viruses into the United States.

Suspected SARS virus and flu samples found in luggage: FBI report describes China's 'biosecurity risk' https://t.co/Rf7MlBXLcf pic.twitter.com/l3MqBe4iLR – Yahoo News (@YahooNews) March 30, 2020 The report cites US military experts who speculate it could be part of a broader Chinese program aimed at stealing US state secrets and research, and further that such foreign nationals caught with the materials might be unwitting mules, but regardless the case is part of an “alarming pattern”.  Other additional and more recent instances detailed in the report, such as in September 2019, detailed a separate case of a Chinese national's attempt to sneak vials of H1N1 influenza samples into Dallas.

“The FBI report refers to both biosecurity, which typically refers to the intentional misuse of pathogens, such as for bioterrorism, and biosafety, which covers accidental release.

The FBI declined to comment on the report,” it continues.

So it now appears the FBI itself has long been closely following Chinese military bioweapons research as well as dangerous pathogens' mishandling and 'misuse' in relation to unique deadly respiratory viruses, and asking the relevant and obvious questions.

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