Factcheck: Were patients in Wuhan subjected to medical experiments?
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Patients at Wuhan’s makeshift Huoshenshan Hospital were subjected to medical experimentation.
Misleading, vaccine trials took place elsewhere in Wuhan but participants were volunteers.
A YouTube video claims that patients at Wuhan’s makeshift Huoshenshan Hospital were imprisoned and subjected to medical experimentation. The evidence put forward is a combination of news reports and videos from medical facilities in Wuhan.
This is misleading, because it conflates 1) the makeshift Huoshenshan Hospital that was used to treat patients who had been infected by coronavirus and 2) quarantine centres that were used for a coronavirus vaccine trial.
For the former, facilities were set up to urgently treat patients and help manage the health emergency, according to state media China Daily.
For the latter, according to the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry, 108 people, aged between 18 and 60, volunteered to take part in the first vaccine trial and were quarantined at either the Wuhan Special Service Rehabilitation Centre or Tongji Medical College facilities. Those who partook in the vaccine trial were all volunteers, many of whom also documented their time in quarantine on social media or have since spoken to the media.