A Chinese military scientist affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had reportedly filed a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine before the global pandemic started.
Virologist Dr. Yusen Zhou filed the vaccine on behalf of China’s People’s Liberation Army on February 24, 2020, just a month after the first human transmission was discovered.
According to The Weekend Australian, who allegedly had access to Zhou’s patent, the virologist also reportedly worked with scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), including Shi Zhengli, the deputy director of the scientist who discovered coronavirus in bats.
“In summary, the vaccines containing the (receptor-binding domain) of SARS-CoV S protein may induce sufficient neutralizing antibodies and long-term protective immunity against SARS-CoV challenge in the established mouse model,” said Zhou’s study on the vaccine.
Zhou later died of mysterious circumstances in May of 2021, her death was not widely reported on local media.
“This is something we have never seen achieved before, raising the question of whether this work may have started much earlier,” said Professor Nikolai Petrovsky from Flinders University.
Zhou had also worked in the United States and carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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