Communist China is reportedly planning to build dozens of new biolabs in the next few years as the world continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic that originated in Wuhan in late 2019, in what many believe was a deliberately altered virus that escaped the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The Financial Times reported that the Guangdong province in China recently announced that it was planning on building more than two dozen BSL-3 labs and one BSL-4 lab over the course of the next five years.
The Times reports:
But some Chinese officials have warned about poor security at existing facilities. In 2019 Yuan Zhiming, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s BSL-4 lab, wrote a review of the safety deficiencies in China’s laboratories. “Several high-level BSLs have insufficient operational funds for routine yet vital processes,” Yuan wrote, adding that maintenance costs were “generally neglected”.
“Due to the limited resources, some BSL-3 laboratories run on extremely minimal operational costs or in some