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The Conservatives are forcing members of Parliament to vote on whether to compel the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to turn over documents related to the shipping of viruses sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2019 and the subsequent firing of two scientists. The party’s opposition day motion, sponsored by MP Michael Chong, seeks explanation on why Dr. Xiangguo Qiu and Dr. Keding Cheng were escorted out of Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Laboratory in July 2019 and terminated 18 months later by the agency. The Conservatives have long questioned whether that event is linked to the fact that four months before their removal, Qiu had been responsible for a shipment of Ebola and Henipah viruses to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology. “Today, Canada’s Conservatives are demanding that Justin Trudeau release the secret documents he has been hiding from Canadians. These documents are about the transfer of Ebola and Henipah viruses to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in March 2019, and Drs. Xiangguo Qiu and Keding Cheng, who had their security clearances revoked and were fired after the transfer,” said Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole in a press release issued Tuesday.

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