Fight to Control COVID-19 Narrative Sees Intensified Persecution of Falun Gong in China: Nonprofit Director

One way the Chinese regime has maintained control over the COVID-19 narrative is by imprisoning more people who practice Falun Gong, a nonprofit director told a religious freedom summit on Thursday.

China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) declared war on China’s independent journalists, doctors, and citizen journalists during the pandemic, including Chinese who practice Falun Gong due to the increased risk they pose to the regime for whistleblowing.

Thousands more practitioners were harassed by Chinese officials and police, and hundreds more practitioners were sentenced in each of the past two years, compared to numbers in 2019, according to data presented during a panel at the International Religious Freedom Summit on June 30.

Levi Browde, executive director of New York-based nonprofit organization Falun Dafa Information Center, explained during the panel that the CCP chose to escalate its persecution against Falun Gong because of the sheer size of the spiritual group—tens of millions of practitioners in China—that is already subject to the Chinese regime’s methods of information control and disinformation.

“That is why during the pandemic, Falun Gong incarcerations actually went up, because Falun Gong is no longer just a persecuted minority. It’s also a whistleblower,” Browde said.

Levi Browde, executive director of the Falun Dafa Information Center, at a Falun Gong rally at City Hall in New York on May 11, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

He added: “And they [Beijing] know if they’re hiding something about the virus in Wuhan, or other places, Falun Gong is the first one they need to keep quiet, because they’re the ones who are going to expose the news about what the CCP is doing. And that’s exactly what happened.”

Persecution of Those Who Value Truth

There were 3,582 cases of harassment in 2019, but the number of cases jumped to 9,159 in 2020 before climbing to 9,332 in 2021, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center’s new biannual report released in May, titled: “Pandemic, Persecution and Pushback: Trends and Analysis from the Suppression of Falun Gong in China and Beyond.”

Last year, 1,372 practitioners were sentenced to prison, a jump from 775 in 2019.

The number of practitioners killed because of their faith also matches the alarming trend. According to the report, there were 180 reported deaths in 2021—almost double the 98 known deaths in 2019. For the first three months of this year, there are already 21 confirmed deaths.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that teaches its practitioners to live by the universal tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. It was widely popular in China in the 1990s, with about 70 to 100 million practitioners, according to official estimates. In 1999, the CCP perceived the popular discipline as a threat to its rule and launched a nationwide persecution targeting the practice and its adherents.

Millions have been detained inside prisons, labor camps, and other facilities, with hundreds of thousands tortured while incarcerated, according to the information center. Additionally, there are over 4,700 documented deaths as a result of persecution, though experts say the true figure is likely much higher.

Falun Gong Whistleblowers

“Falun Gong practitioners run the largest underground media and information network inside China,” the report noted.

One of the whistleblowers identified is Fang Bin, a self-described citizen journalist, who exposed the severity of the outbreaks in Wuhan during the onset of the pandemic after he successfully filmed dead bodies at overcrowded hospitals in the city.

A pro-democracy activist (C) from HK Alliance holds a placard of missing citizen journalist Fang Bin, as she protests outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong on Feb. 19, 2020. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images)

Days after his footage was made available online, Fang was detained by police. His current whereabouts are unknown, but he was reportedly being held at the Jiang’an Detention Center in Wuhan in November 2021.

Prior to the pandemic, Fang was once detained for over four years and “egregiously tortured” for practicing Falun Gong, according to the report.

The report also named whistleblower Xu Na, one of 11 Falun Gong practitioners indicted in April 2021 for providing information relating to the pandemic in China’s capital Beijing to the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times. Xu was sentenced to eight years in prison in January.

Murder for Organs

The panel also discussed China’s state-sanctioned practice of harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners. The practice turned China into a top destination for transplant tourism because Chinese hospitals often offer short waiting times for matching organs for patients—much faster than developed countries with established organ donation systems.

Allegations of forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience first emerged in 2006. Now, more than 15 years later, China is still murdering practitioners for their organs, according to Browde.

“It’s very much happening in China. it’s very much a money-making business. It’s a multi billion-dollar industry, the act of killing innocent people and selling organs,” Browde said.

One of the participants on the panel was Han Yu, a Falun Gong practitioner, who shared how she suspected her father, Han Junqing, was a victim of China’s criminal organ harvesting scheme, who passed away in 2004 while being held at a detention center in Beijing. At that time, Han was still in China but she eventually moved to the United States in 2018.

Yu said police told her that her father died of a heart attack. But she suspects that determination of the cause of death based on how healthy her father was prior to his detention. Moreover, Yu said the fact that it took more than a month for the police to allow the family to see her father’s body aroused her suspicion.

Under the close watch of police officers, Yu and her family finally got to see the elder Han’s body. But they were in shock at what they saw.

“My father was laying there with green and the purple bruises all over [his body],” Han said. “What struck me the most were the thick stitches on his throat area.”

The stitches extended from the throat area to his abdomen, according to Han. She said her family then pressed his abdomen and found that it was filled with “hard ice.”

“My uncle was furious and confronted the police about what they had done to my father. The police just said that this was due to an autopsy. But no one in my family had consented to an autopsy, and the police also refused to release the autopsy report,” Han said.

She said it hurts every time she shares her father’s story but she must continue doing so.

“I don’t want my father’s death to be in vain when we can stop forced organ harvesting in China,” Han told the summit.

Crimes Against Humanity

In 2019, an independent panel, called the China Tribunal, found that such practice was happening “on a significant scale” in China. It concluded that such actions amounted to crimes against humanity, with Falun Gong practitioners being the main source of organs.

Larry Liu, deputy director of government and advocacy at the nonprofit organization, said the U.S. State Department could help end China’s persecution of Falun Gong.

“We encourage the State Department to consider to designate the persecution of Falun Gong as a crime against humanity and or a genocide,” Liu said.

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UK Cuts Security Check Time for New Airport Staff to Tackle Travel Disruption

The UK government claims to have significantly cut the time it takes for new airport staff to pass security checks in an effort to tackle staff shortages that have caused severe travel disruptions.

The travel chaos has lasted for months in the UK as the aviation industry suffers from severe staff shortages. Airlines and airports made thousands of employees redundant during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, but are now struggling to recruit new workers and have their security checks processed.

Shortages of staff to handle baggage and carry out security checks such as X-rays are fuelling long queues and delays at UK airports.

British Airways aircraft are parked at the South Terminal at Gatwick Airport, in Crawley, United Kingdom, on Aug. 25, 2021. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

The government has ordered the vetting centre to prioritise checks for airports so new recruits can help plug the gaps quicker.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said on July 2 that counter-terrorist checks for aviation workers are now being processed on average in under 10 days, which is half of the time it took in March.

Accreditation checks are also being sped up to be completed within five days on average, according to the department.

Summer Concerns

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who is trying to alleviate flight disruption this summer to avert the mayhem seen over the Easter and Jubilee holidays, welcomed the latest statistics.

“People have made huge sacrifices during the pandemic and deserve their flights to run on time, without complications, and without being cancelled last minute,” he said. “While this is a challenging time for the sector, it is not acceptable for the current disruption to continue as we head into the summer peak.”

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps delivers a speech to set out the government’s vision to create a reformed and modernised railway, at Siemens Traincare Facility Mobility Division Rail Systems in north London on June 16, 2022. (A/PA Media)

Shapps said the public “deserves to know now whether or not their flight will run over the summer,” adding that the industry should either commit to deliver the flights they have scheduled, or cancel them well in advance so people can make other arrangements.

The transport secretary has previously blamed the chaos over the Platinum Jubilee weekend on travel firms, accusing them of having “seriously oversold flights and holidays relative to their capacity to deliver” despite government warnings.

But industry leaders claim that businesses have suffered from uncertainties over the government’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, which were completely lifted only on March 18.

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House Committee Approves Ban on Funding Wuhan Lab at Heart of Leak Controversy

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a ban on sending funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Chinese lab at the heart of controversy over the origin of the virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a June 30 voice vote, members of the Committee adopted a fiscal 2023 budget amendment (pdf) that explicitly precludes any funding to the Wuhan lab, which some U.S. lawmakers argue is where the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, the pathogen that causes COVID-19, originated.

“None of the funds made available by this Act may be made available to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, or any other laboratory located in a country determined by the Secretary of State to be a foreign adversary, including China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran,” reads the amendment, which was proposed by Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.).

The House Appropriations Committee later approved the fiscal year 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill, which is to feature the amendment, on a 32–24 vote. The bill now faces a vote in both chambers before heading to the presidential desk for a signature.

While the committee said in a statement that DeLauro’s amendment made “technical and noncontroversial” changes to the bill, the inclusion of the Wuhan facility is noteworthy as it sends a signal that lawmakers are attuned to the controversy surrounding American taxpayer dollars being channeled to the lab.

The move was praised by the White Coat Waste Project (WCW), a nonprofit, which said in a statement that this “historic legislation” was in part thanks to the WCW’s lobbying and investigative efforts into what it described as “cruel and wasteful animal experiments in countries deemed ‘foreign adversaries.’”

The nonprofit also said that “an overwhelming majority of Americans want to defund animal labs run by our adversaries,” citing a poll that showed 64 percent of U.S. respondents backing this view.

According to WCW, there are currently 32 animal labs in Russia and China eligible to receive U.S. taxpayer dollars.

An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei Province on April 17, 2020. (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)

Wuhan Lab Funding Controversy

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a total of $1.1 million to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) between October 2009 and May 2019, the agency acknowledged in a May 2021 letter (pdf) to Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Penn.).

Reschenthaler alleged that the funding was used for a study that used gain-of-function research to create “a hybrid, man-made virus by inserting a spiked protein from a wild coronavirus into a mouse-adapted SARS-CoV backbone, which could infect human airways.”

The agency said the funds were channeled through EcoHealth Alliance and were meant for the purpose of advancing research on critical viruses that could pose a threat to humans. It also denied claims that the money was used for gain-of-function research, which seeks to boost viral lethality.

“USAID never authorized or funded any work that aimed to increase the ability of infectious agents to cause disease by enhancing its pathogenicity or by increasing its transmissibility (research known as “Gain of Function” studies) at WIV,” the agency said in the letter.

In February 2021, Reschenthaler introduced a bill that sought to prohibit funding to the EcoHealth Alliance, which was referred to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, where it has stalled.

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Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli is seen inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province, on Feb. 23, 2017. (Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images)

‘Preponderance of Evidence’ for Lab Leak

In August 2021, a report by Republican lawmakers noted a “preponderance of evidence” for the theory that the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic leaked from the Wuhan lab.

Chinese officials have denied the lab leak claim, insisting the virus made a natural jump from animals to humans.

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), said in testimony before the Coronavirus Select Subcommittee Republicans that evidence points to a lab leak as the likely origin of the virus, saying that “it’s time to completely dismiss the wet market as the source of the outbreak” and “the preponderance of the evidence that it came from the lab is very convincing.”

U.S. intelligence agencies later said in a report that a natural origin and a lab leak are both plausible hypotheses as to the origin of the pandemic, but a lack of evidence makes a definitive conclusion either way impossible.

It’s a sentiment echoed by McCaul in his testimony.

“Unfortunately, we may never know for certain because the Chinese Communist Party went to great lengths to cover up this outbreak,” he said.

“They detained the doctors in order to silence them. They disappeared journalists. They destroyed lab samples. They hid the fact there was clear evidence of human-to-human transmission. And they have refused to allow a real investigation into the origins.”

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WHO: COVID-19 Cases Rising Nearly Everywhere in the World

The number of new coronavirus cases rose by 18% in the last week, with more than 4.1 million cases reported globally, according to the World Health Organization.

The U.N. health agency said in its latest weekly report on the pandemic that the worldwide number of deaths remained relatively similar to the week before, at about 8,500. COVID-related deaths increased in three regions: the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Americas.

The biggest weekly rise in new COVID-19 cases was seen in the Middle East, where they increased by 47%, according to the report released late Wednesday. Infections rose by about 32% in Europe and Southeast Asia, and by about 14% in the Americas, WHO said.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said cases were on the rise in 110 countries, mostly driven by the omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5.

“This pandemic is changing, but it’s not over,” Tedros said this week during a press briefing. He said the ability to track COVID-19’s genetic evolution was “under threat” as countries relaxed surveillance and genetic sequencing efforts, warning that would make it more difficult to catch emerging and potentially dangerous new variants.

He called for countries to immunize their most vulnerable populations, including health workers and people over 60, saying that hundreds of millions remain unvaccinated and at risk of severe disease and death.

Tedros said that while more than 1.2 billion COVID-19 vaccines have been administered globally, the average immunization rate in poor countries is about 13%.

“If rich countries are vaccinating children from as young as 6 months old and planning to do further rounds of vaccination, it is incomprehensible to suggest that lower-income countries should not vaccinate and boost their most at risk [people],” he said.

According to figures compiled by Oxfam and the People’s Vaccine Alliance, fewer than half of the 2.1 billion vaccines promised to poorer countries by the Group of Seven large economies have been delivered.

Earlier this month, the United States authorized COVID-19 vaccines for infants and preschoolers, rolling out a national immunization plan targeting 18 million of the youngest children. American regulators also recommended that some adults get updated boosters in the fall that match the latest coronavirus variants.

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Biden Officials Ask Teachers to Help Promote Kids’ COVID-19 vaccines

Two Biden administration officials are calling on Early Childhood Education teachers to encourage parents to get their small children vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to The Hill, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Heath and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra co-signed a Wednesday letter to teachers, saying, “We appreciate your leadership, dedication, perseverance, and resilience, and honor your efforts that consistently put the needs of children first.”

The secretaries then added, “As trusted messengers, staff of ECE programs and schools play a vital role in spreading the good news that COVID-19 vaccination is available for our youngest children. You are essential in encouraging parents and guardians to learn about and access vaccines for all children 6 months of age and older, which will be available free at no cost.”

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cleared a path for children older than 6 months and under age 5 to receive COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and/or Moderna.

Cardona and Becerra are tasking ECE staffers with three objectives: 

  • Encourage parents to connect with healthcare providers.
  • Share information about COVID-19 vaccines with families with eligible children.
  • Partner with local healthcare providers to host vaccination clinics at their facilities or neighborhoods.

The HHS says there are “ample funds” available for its “We Can Do This” campaign, through the American Rescue Plan Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, as a means of reimbursing the cost of hosting vaccination clinics.

In February, the CDC estimated that 75% of unvaccinated children and teenagers in America had already acquired antibodies in their system to ward off or minimize the effects of the coronavirus. 

In the study, the CDC examined blood samples taken from all age groups, testing for specific antibodies that develop only after COVID-19 infection.

Not all doctors and politicians, however, are supporting the vaccinate-your-children initiative.

Dr. Peter McCullough, the chief medical adviser to the Truth For Health Foundation, recently questioned the government’s supposed haste in touting an “experimental” vaccine, given how the vast majority of children are resilient against the coronavirus.

“I think it was a mistake for the FDA to approve it,” McCullough told Newsmax host Amanda Brilhante on June 19. “And clearly the CDC recommendation probably won’t be followed by a lot of the parents.”

“Children have a very mild syndrome [relative to COVID]. It’s not like our senior citizens, who are at risk,” said McCullough, while adding the coronavirus is “easily managed” by children.

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, blasted PBS and HBO for using the “Sesame Street” character Elmo to “aggressively advocate” for vaccinating children under 5, without citing scientific evidence.

“Thanks, @sesamestreet for saying parents are allowed to have questions!” Cruz tweeted along with a video clip of Elmo’s dad, Louie.

“You then have @elmo aggressively advocate for vaccinating children UNDER 5. But you cite ZERO scientific evidence for this,” added Cruz.

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Queensland Discards Vaccine Mandates at Most Workplaces

The Queensland state government of Australia is scrapping COVID-19 vaccine mandates in a large number of workplaces, including schools, childcare, airports, jails, aged care, and disability facilities.

“Restrictions that have protected us have eased in sensible stages, and today, I announce with the advice of the Chief Health Officer, we are removing some of the last remaining COVID restrictions,” she told parliament on Friday.

From 1 a.m. on June 30, most workplaces that have only been allowing vaccinated staff to work will be open to all. This includes kindergartens, daycare prisons, youth detention centres, and airports.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath speaks during a press conference in Burleigh Heads, Australia, on Nov. 15, 2021. (Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Queensland’s mandates will continue to be in place for workers in healthcare, hospital, aged care, and disability care facilities.

Private employers, including schools, daycares, prisons, and airports, may also continue to impose mandates as desired.

“As we move to the next stage of the pandemic, we will be adjusting our approach in relation to mandatory vaccinations,” Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said in a release.

D’Ath said while most PCR testing and fever clinics will also close shop, people should use rapid antigen tests to check if they have the virus. A small number of state-run facilities will still be offered.

“They should isolate if they test positive, and they should stay home while they have acute respiratory symptoms,” she said.

Vaccine Requirements Removed in the Other States

Meanwhile, unvaccinated teachers in New South Wales could also be allowed back in the classroom from next month.

NSW Department of Education Secretary Georgina Harrisson said that nearly 1,000 staff who resigned or were terminated for not complying with the vaccine mandate could reapply to return to work at school.

This move would be welcomed as Australia’s current winter season creates staffing stress across the sector.

“Like all employers right now, we face unprecedented numbers of staff calling in sick due to COVID-19 and the flu,” she said.

Mandates for the booster vaccine dose in Victoria will also be lifted for workers in education, food distribution, and quarantine settings, with vaccine policies to be decided at the discretion of individual workplaces.

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LIVE NOW: Pro-Life Center Braces for Planned Extremist Attack; Twitter Suspends Doctor for Sharing Vax Study

Hours after the Supreme Court overruled the abortion case Roe v. Wade, President Joe Biden called on people who protest to do so peacefully. Nevertheless, the CEO of a pro-life pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York, says they are increasing their security because they could be attacked Friday night. A physician epidemiologist was suspended by Twitter after he shared a peer-reviewed study that found lower semen levels in men who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

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China Repurposes COVID-19 App as Gulag Fast-Pass; Texas GOP Says Biden Presidency Is Illegitimate

The Chinese regime has repurposed its COVID-19 app as a tool for social control. The regime recently used the app to prevent bank protests by turning the health code of protesters “red,” which mandates them to be sent into two weeks of confinement.

Meanwhile, we’ve invited Tiffany Meier, host of China in Focus, to talk with us about China’s growing control over U.S. agriculture and food supplies.

And in other news, the Texas GOP has declared the presidency of Joe Biden as illegitimate, and has again launched a process to secede from the United States.

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New Orleans Grill Becomes First Business Allowed by Court to Recover Damages for COVID-19 Lockdown Losses

Oceana Grill, a popular seafood restaurant in New Orleans, has achieved a first-of-its-kind victory in its long-running legal battle to receive payouts from insurer Lloyd’s of London for loss of revenues during its COVI-19 shutdown beginning on March 20, 2020.

On June 15, a Louisiana state court reversed an earlier decision and ruled in favor of the claim for damages brought by the company owning Oceana Grill, Cajun Conti LLC.

Cajun Conti initiated legal action on that same day that the shutdown went into effect in March 2020, seeking damages under its insurance policy with Lloyd’s of London. But the action was not initially successful. In the first trial of its kind, underwriters for the insurer in February 2021 received a favorable judgment from a state court, denying the plaintiff’s petition for declaratory relief.

The June 15 decision is highly significant for businesses that seek compensation for often massive and crippling losses of revenues suffered when they were forced to curtail their operations or cease altogether as COVID-19 swept the country in the early months of 2020.

But the June 15 ruling does not mean that all such businesses will now be able to pursue claims that insurers and courts had previously refused to entertain. Rather, it is likely to benefit the minority of businesses whose insurance policies do not contain exclusions for the contamination of buildings and food, said John Houghtaling, a name partner of the Metairie, Louisiana-based law firm Gauthier Murphy & Houghtaling, which represented Cajun Conti in the litigation.

“I’m not surprised at all by the ruling. The evidence presented at the trial was very compelling,” Houghtaling said.

So far, Cajun Conti’s legal action is the only case of its kind to go to trial, he noted. What sets this case apart from other potential litigation over COVID-related damages is that the counsel for the plaintiff was able to present evidence that the underwriters seeking to defend Lloyd’s of London against the claim were lying, he said.

Epoch Times Photo A office worker walks from the Lloyd’s Building, the home of the insurance institution Lloyd’s of London on September 25 2008 in London, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Houghtaling cited evidence that more than a decade before the onset of COVID-19, representatives of the Insurance Services Office (ISO) met with insurance commissioners across the country, including some in Louisiana, and admitted that insurance policies for business interruption do provide coverage for the contamination of buildings, and the food inside buildings, by viruses.

“They specifically described how viruses can contaminate buildings, how they can contaminate food sources in buildings, and they stated to insurance commissioners that this incurs business interruption losses. They stated all this more than a decade before COVID-19 happened,” Houghtaling recalled.

While he estimated that some 80 percent of the policies held by businesses in the United States include an exemption for such contamination, in this case of Houghtaling’s client, there was no such exemption.

“This was a policy that did not have the exclusion, and we presented evidence that they admitted this years ago,” he said.

Understanding What Is Covered

While he conceded that a majority of businesses may not be able to pursue successful actions for business interruption claims based on the policies they held when COVID-19 struck, Houghtaling believes in the necessity for those companies that do have a claim to step forward.

Part of the issue is a lack of granular knowledge of what is in the insurance policies.

“Unfortunately, not many people know this evidence exists, and not many courts know it exists. We’ve been getting these adverse rulings across the country, because litigants don’t know that the evidence is out there, and cases were thrown out because plaintiffs weren’t able to do discovery,” he said.

But the June 15 ruling offers hope that businesses and the legal community are finally turning a page.

“My hope is that other courts around the country start giving plaintiffs their day in court, because if they do, discovery will come out proving that the position of the insurance carriers in this matter has been a complete and utter sham,” Houghtaling said.

“They know they’re not telling the truth. They know that they admitted that contamination is covered under policies unless it’s excluded,” he added.

A spokesperson for Lloyd’s of London said in an email to the Epoch Times, “I’m sorry but we can’t comment on litigation.”

Ginger Dodd, an attorney for the law firm Phelps Dunbar who has represented the Lloyd’s of London underwriters, did not reply to a request for comment.

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Biden Adviser Jake Sullivan Tests Positive for COVID-19

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan tested positive Saturday for COVID-19, according to the White House.

Sullivan typically has frequent contact with President Joe Biden but last was in contact with the president early in the week, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Sullivan had been keeping his distance from Biden after “a couple” of people he had been in close contact with had tested positive for the virus, the official said.

Adrienne Watson, a National Security Council spokeswoman, said Sullivan “is asymptomatic and he has not been in close contact with the president.”

The White House confirmed Thursday that Biden had tested negative that day. White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Biden has been tested more recently.

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