Chinese Covid-19 Tests Were Pushed by Federal Agencies Despite Security Warnings

Lavern Vogel

At least two federal agencies worked to distribute Covid-19 tests from a Chinese genetics company, despite warnings about security risks from U.S. intelligence and security officials, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

In the early days of the virus, BGI Group or people trying to distribute its products approached at least 11 states in a sometimes aggressive push to get the products into government-run laboratories or set up entire labs, according to people who received the approaches and documents.

BGI, China’s leading genetics company, enlisted a foundation tied to a former U.S. president and used a company linked to the United Arab Emirates’ top spy to promote its efforts. A prominent New York real-estate lawyer threatened to complain to California’s governor if state health officials there didn’t use BGI’s tests.

Some of the company’s testing supplies were used in Nevada, according to the head of

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Centre asks states to up security, ensure peace for Tuesday’s Bharat Bandh

Lavern Vogel

The Centre has asked all states and Union Territories to tighten stability for the duration of Tuesday’s ‘Bharat Bandh’ named by the farmers unions and supported by opposition functions, although asserting that peace and tranquillity have to be preserved on that day, officials mentioned.

In a countrywide advisory, the Union Dwelling Ministry also mentioned the condition governments and UT administrations have to make certain that the Covid-19 rules issued with regard to wellbeing and social distancing are strictly followed.

The states and UTs were being told that peace and tranquillity have to be preserved for the duration of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ and precautionary measures taken so that no untoward incident takes put any where in the state, a home ministry official mentioned on Monday.

The ‘Bharat Bandh’ has been named by the farmers unions who have been protesting the a few farm rules enacted in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

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