A prominent Chinese Canadian scientist and her husband have been fired by the Public Health Agency of Canada after they were evicted from the National Microbiology Laboratory under a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigation that remains largely a mystery.
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PHAC told CBC that Qui and the others were removed for possible “policy breach” and administrative reasons, which was referred to the RCMP in Manitoba.
Virus Shipments to ChinaIn June 2020, documents that CBC had obtained through an Access to Information request four months before she and her husband were evicted from the NML, revealed that Qiu was responsible for a shipment of Ebola and Henipah viruses to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2019.
The study received grants from a number of Chinese government bodies, including the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
The lead author, Hualei Wang, is affiliated with the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, a Chinese military medical institute based in Beijing, CBC reported.
Qiu came to Canada for graduate studies in 1996, but she remains affiliated with the universities in Tianjin, China, where she had worked as a medical doctor and virologist.