Chinese state media quoted a Swiss biologist who was dismayed by allegations that the virology laboratory in Wuhan may have had something to do with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Leading Chinese state-owned newspapers such as the “People’s Daily” and the “Global Times” reported, citing the Swiss scientist, that even the World Health Organization (WHO) complained of “enormous pressure and even intimidation” from the USA: “The Americans are so obsessed with attacking China on the origin of the pandemic that they ignore the real data and findings, ”said the Swiss researcher. Allegedly.
This Swiss researcher is called Wilson Edwards and works at the University of Bern. As a Swiss, he should stand for quality and credibility. But at the University of Bern and nowhere else one has ever heard of a Wilson Edwards. Edwards quickly emerged as a fictional Chinese propaganda figure.
The Swiss embassy in Beijing diplomatically exposed the state propaganda. The man’s Facebook page was probably not created for social purposes, summed up the national representative in a tweet that openly accuses the Chinese of fake news. And: “Wilson Edwards, if you really exist, we would like to meet you!” Since then, Edwards has made international headlines around the world. China caught in the act, the tenor of the comments.
«Suspicious non-Swiss biologist in virus information war»
Edwards’ Facebook profile was only two weeks old and only had three followers. In the meantime, the probably ashamed Chinese have erased all traces of the virtual Swiss. Edwards lives on in the international headlines. There is “a problem” with the Swiss scientist, who doubts the Covid origin theory, was the headline Washington Post. The problem: “It doesn’t exist.”
“Doctor who?”, Doctor who, asks the Indian “Express”. “China is suspicious of unswiss biologists in the virus information war,” headlines the Australian “Financial Review”. The respected US political magazine “Foreign Policy” tries to rank the lies of the Chinese. The Chinese conspiracy theories hardly get caught up in foreign countries. The state media campaign of China with false news and sources, which wants to blame the USA for the pandemic, is associated with “high diplomatic costs”.
The British “Guardian” and other newspapers have asked the Chinese media, which just reported on Edwards and have since deleted all reports. So far no one has received any answers. As early as March, the Chinese invented a French journalist named Laurène Beaumond. The woman cast allegations of mass repression of the Muslim Uyghurs in a positive light. No one in France had ever heard of the alleged China specialist.