A Chinese diplomat accused of using fake identity documents in the United States until last year was the second most senior figure at the Chinese embassy in Canberra, where he met regularly with Australian politicians.
Cai Wei, Consul General of China in the city of Houston, rejected the Trump government’s order to close the diplomatic complex who is suspected of carrying out sophisticated espionage activities.
Between 2014 and 2019, the career diplomat served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese embassy in Australia, and previously worked in other posts including Canada’s five-eyed intelligence partner country, Canada.
In 2018, ABC revealed Cai Wei using a dinner meeting with Labor MPs in Canberra to strongly deny the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to control foreign students studying in Australia.
The US State Department accused the Houston consulate of being involved in “subversive behavior” and said Cai Wei and two other diplomats used fake identification when escorting Chinese travelers through Houston’s international airport.
According to the New York Times, investigations into the Houston consulate have included inspection efforts to illegally transfer medical research and other sensitive information from institutions in the area.
He is also accused of planning to persuade more than 50 researchers, professors and academics in the area to submit research or information that is held tightly to Chinese institutions, and force Chinese citizens in the United States, which the Chinese government considers to be fugitives, to return to their homeland.
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump said it was “always possible” that his administration would close more Chinese missions in the United States.
Responding to US requests, China has ordered the US to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu.
Earlier this week, firefighters in Houston were reportedly called to the Chinese consulate because a newspaper was set on fire, after the United States gave consular workers three days to close the office.
In a statement, a spokesman for the US State Department said the move was taken “to protect American intellectual property and American personal information”.
“The United States will not tolerate the violation of the PRC against the sovereignty and intimidation of our people, just as we do not tolerate PRC unjust trade practices, job theft in America, and other gruesome behavior.”
On Wednesday, Republican senator Marco Rubio, a member of the US Intelligence and Foreign Relations committee, tweeted that the office was “the central node of a vast network of spies & influences of Communist Party operations in the United States”.
A spokesman for the Australian Government has declined to comment on Cai Wei’s time in Australia after this week’s revelations in the United States.
A new study by scientists from the Institute of La JOLLA immunology (LJI), and the medical center of Erasmus University (Erasmus) shows that even the most ill COVID-19 patients to produce T cells that help to fight the virus. The study offers new evidence that COVID-19 vaccine is necessary to cause T-cells to work together with the antibodies.
A study published June 26 in science Immunology, also shows that both Dutch and American patients have the same reaction to the virus. “This is the key to understanding how the immune system fights the virus,” says Professor LJI Alessandro Sette, Dr. Biol. Ekon. Sciences, who Co-led the study with Erasmus virologist Rory de Vries, Ph. D. “required vaccine approaches should be based on observations with different conditions, to ensure that the results are generally applicable.”
For the study, the researchers tracked ten COVID-19 patients with the most severe symptoms of the disease. All ten of them were hospitalized in the ICU of the Medical center of Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and put on the fans as part of their service. Two of the patients eventually died from the disease. An in-depth look at their immune system showed that all ten patients produced T-cells that target SARS-cov-2 virus. These T-cells work together with antibodies to try to clear the virus and stop the infection.
These findings are in line with the results of recent studies of cells from Sette, Professor LJI Shane crotty, Ph. D., LJI and colleagues, which showed a robust T cell response in patients with moderate cases COVID-19. In both studies, T cells in these patients deliberate emphasis of the spike protein in SARS-cov-2. The virus uses the spike protein to enter host cells, many vaccine efforts in the world aimed at getting the immune system to recognize and attack the protein. A new study offers new evidence that the spike protein is a promising target and confirms that the immune system can also mount a strong response to more virus.
“This is good news for those who make vaccines, using spike and it also offers new opportunities for potential increase potency of the vaccine,” says Daniela Weiskopf, Ph. D., research associate Professor at LJI and the first author of the new study.
Cooperation between scientists in La JOLLA and the Netherlands are also part of the overall picture and highlights the close cooperation of the philosophy adopted by the group LJI. Sette is a world leader in understanding what specific pieces (or antigens), the immune system recognizes when he is facing new germs. Work in the laboratory of Sette in the definition of epitope sets that allow you to measure SARS-cov-2 T-cell responses is a key element of the study.
In fact, LJI has become the center COVID-19 T cell research, and Sette sent reagents for more than 60 laboratories around the world. “The study is also very important because it shows how the science has no borders,” says Sette. “To truly understand a global pandemic, our approach must be global, and we need to study immune responses in people with different genetic backgrounds, living in different environments.”
Despite the cell paper, followed residents of San Diego, the new document follows the Dutch patients And T-cell responses were consistent in both populations. “This study is important because it shows that the immune response in patients thousands of kilometers away from each other,” says Weiskopf. “The same observation was heavily played on different continents and different research.”
In a study titled “phenotype and Kinetics of SARS-cov-2-specific T-cells in COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome” was supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreements No. 874735) National institutes of health (contract # 75N9301900065.)
Additional studies include Katherine C. Schmitz, Mathis P. Raadsen, Alba Grifoni, Nisreen A. M. Okba, Henrik Endeman, P. S. Johannes van den Akker, Richard Molenkamp, Marion P. G. Koopmans, Eric C. M. van Gorp, Bart L. Haagmans and Rik L. de Swart.
TULSA – The United States Air Force will conduct several flyover missions in Oklahoma on Friday to honor health care workers amid a global coronavirus pandemic.
The 125th Combat Squadron will conduct a flyover mission on Friday at the following time and location:
2:10 pm – Wagoner – Wagoner Community Hospital
2:18 pm – Eufaula – Lakeview Community Hospital
2:23 p.m. – McAlester – McAlester Regional Health Center
2:30 pm – Stigler – Haskell County Hospital
2:34 pm – Sallisaw – Sequoyah Regional Hospital
2:34 pm –Bristow – Bristow Medical Center
2:38 pm – Stilwell – Stilwell Memorial Hospital
2:41 pm – Tahlequah – Northeastern Health System Hospital
2:49 pm – Grove – Integris Grove Hospital
2:53 pm – Miami – Integris Miamia Hospital
3 pm – Nowata – Jane Phillips Nowata Health Center
3:05 pm – Vinita – Craig General Hospital
3:25 pm – Pryor – Pryor Hillcrest Hospital
3:28 pm – Claremore – Claremore Regional Hospital
3:29 pm – Claremore – Indian Hospital Claremore
3:31 pm – Claremore – Oklahoma Veterans Center Calremore
For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., entire cities will be tested, regardless of whether someone is showing symptoms or not.
This test is part of a research project put together by the Marin County community at Bolinas and the University of California, San Francisco. Tents were set up next to the city’s fire brigade, and Monday morning volunteers and researchers will collect samples from all 1,600 residents of the community near Stinson Beach.
Project organizers want to find out how extensive COVID-19 is in the small town of Bolinas and how they can use that information to help other communities.
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“We are testing for both active viral infections, through nucleic acids, PCR tests and for antibodies to detect whether people have been previously exposed to the virus,” project organizer Cyrus Harmon said.
Harmon, a Bolinas resident, works in the pharmaceutical industry. He is one of three people who started the project about a month ago.
UCSF doctor Aenor Sawyer is also an organizer. He said that
the fact that Bolinas is a fairly remote community is beneficial for researchers.
“This is a very unique model in an ecosystem that is quite stable, rural and isolated,” Sawyer said. “And we are also paired with projects that take place in the Mission, to be another community, but in the center of the city.”
The researchers will take a nasal swab and a small amount
blood for both tests. The aim is to get each resident to participate.
“I’ve never heard of anyone who didn’t volunteer to be tested, to be honest with you,” said one resident.
Residents raise more than $ 300,000 to buy testing materials
and set the site. Organizer Jyri Engstrom said they hoped this could function as a
a template for other communities to follow.
“Really, you can see behind me only a group of tents and a group of people who are willing to take samples and bring them to the laboratory,” Engstrom said.