Top Chinese officials are again peddling false stories about the Wuhan coronavirus's origins and spreading rumors about the U.S. vaccines developed during President Donald Trump's presidency.
China has intensified its pandemic misinformation campaign after independent trials found the much-feted Chinese vaccine to be highly ineffective. Clinical trials in Brazil showed that the Chinese Sinovac "vaccine is significantly less effective than previous data suggested - barely over the 50% needed for regulatory approval," the BBC reported earlier this month. The Pfizer vaccine, in comparison, is 95 percent effective.
Just days after Joe Biden's inauguration as the U.S. president, Communist China has escalated tension in the Asia Pacific, authorizing its coastguards to fire on foreign ships and to destroy structures in disputed waters.