The friend told her that the disease could spread between humans on Dec. 31. The regime officially reported the outbreak that day, but did not confirm human-to-human transmission until Jan. 21 after weeks of initially claiming there was little or no evidence of this occurring.
Yan fled to the United States in April and has sought asylum, fearing punishment if she were to return to Hong Kong.
“The reason I came to the U.S. is because I deliver the message of the truth of COVID,” Yan told Fox News.
The scientist’s claims add to mounting evidence showing that Beijing was aware of the severity of the initial outbreak and covered it up. By the time it acknowledged human-to-human transmission and locked down Wuhan, five million residents had left the city, seeding the virus across China and around the world.
Yan said when she reported her findings of the outbreak’s severity to her supervisor in mid-January, she was told “to keep silent, and be careful.”
“As he warned me before, ‘don’t touch the red line,’” Yan told Fox News. “We will get in trouble and we'll be disappeared.”