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Missouri v China: First US State to sue China over COVID-19; names Wuhan Institute of Virology as one of the Defendants [Read Petition]

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The State of Missouri has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the Chinese government, alleging that Chinese authorities deceived the public, and suppressed crucial information, that led to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the critical weeks of the initial outbreak, Chinese authorities deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmission in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded personal protective equipment—thus causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.


Earlier, a class action suit was filed in a Texas District Court in the US seeking compensatory damages of over $20 trillion US Dollars against China for the “creation and release, accidental or otherwise” of the COVID-19 as a biological weapon in violation of China’s International obligations.

In particular, the Complaint states that the Chinese Authorities are responsible for the enormous death, suffering, and economic losses they inflicted on the world, including Missourians, and they should be held accountable.

The Complaint, filed through State Attorney General Eric Schmitt, alleges that the Chinese Government delayed reporting COVID-19 to the WHO for weeks after the outbreak was identified in the Chinese medical community.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt
Attorney General Eric Schmitt

It is also alleged in the Complaint that China has launched a “massive public relations campaign to avoid blame for the COVID-19 pandemic” and has spread conspiracy theories that the U.S. military had spread the virus.

Th Complaint refers to several stories from CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post about China’s deception and initial handling of the outbreak.

State of Missouri in its complaint has also named Wuhan Institute of Virology as one of the defendants. Several allegations by various researchers point out to this institute at Wuhan for creating the Corona virus.

Another allegation made by the State Attorney General is that Chinas’ hoarding of PPE has adversely impaired the ability of health care providers throughout the world, including in the United States and in Missouri, from safely and effectively treating patients with the virus.

The plaintiffs has cited the following Counts to sue the Chinese Government for the viral outbreak, i.e:

  • Public Nuisance

  • Abnormally Dangerous Activities

  • Breach of Duty: Allowing transmission of Covid-19

  • Breach of Duty: Hoarding of PPE

On these Counts, the State of Missouri seeks recovery from China, in the form of damages, for the enormous loss of life, human suffering, and economic turmoil experienced by all Missourians from the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted the entire world.

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State of Missouri sues China Government.pdf
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