What are the facts of the “COVID-19 lab leak” theory?
Key officials and scientists who previously thought COVID-19 had natural origins are beginning to suspect it might have come from a lab.
Anthony Fauci, of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, previously thought the virus had natural origins but now wants researchers to dig deeper. A coalition of top scientists wrote in the Science journal, expressing the same sentiment.
Key scientists have called for a new and thorough investigation into the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from a lab.
Amesh Adalja, senior scholar from Johns Hopkins University Centre for Health Security, stated, “The lab-leak hypothesis is possible—as is an animal spillover… and I think that a thorough, independent investigation of its [COVID-19] origins should be conducted.”
The novel coronavirus may have jumped from animals to humans.
UK secretary of state, Dominic Raab, compared notes with other international officials on the novel coronavirus’ origins and concluded that the virus jumped from an animal species. But he wants researchers to go to China to get to the bottom of the matter.
Allegations about the lab origins of the novel coronavirus are slanderous, according to a top Chinese virologist.
Shi Zengli, a top bat researcher at Wuhan Institute of Virology, said the virus’ genetic code doesn’t match any of the lab’s samples. According to her, miners (suspected of having COVID-19) fell sick because of a fungal infection, and there is no reason to believe otherwise.
Leading scientists don’t believe that SARS-Cov-2 was engineered by humans.
The virus is common among several carnivorous mammals and wasn’t optimally transmissible between humans for most of 2020, suggesting it wasn’t engineered for that purpose. Joel Wertheim, a molecular epidemiologist, says that the virus is not supremely adapted.
Three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell sick with COVID-19-like symptoms in November 2019 and required hospital care.
The Wall Street Journal published a report wherein a US intelligence officer mentioned that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology had symptoms similar to those caused by COVID-19. This fuels the idea that the virus leaked from the laboratory.
A lack of protective measures in the Wuhan virology lab could have led to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rossi Hassad, an epidemiologist at Mercy College, believes that a lack of protective measures in the Wuhan lab (given the lack of awareness of the transmissibility and virulence of the novel coronavirus) could have led to a leak and the pandemic.
Researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology likely tampered with the SARS-Cov-2 genome.
David Baltimore, a Nobel laureate and professor, explains that arginine codons found in a cleavage site of the novel coronavirus are not usually found in similar viruses but are common in human cells, thus suggesting tampering.
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In 2020, blood samples taken from miners thought to be infected with COVID-19 (before the pandemic) did not have antibodies against SARS-Cov
Between 2012 and 2015, an unknown respiratory disease hit several miners in Wuhan. But researchers reported that the blood samples of these workers tested negative for antibodies against SARS-Cov-2. This makes it unlikely the virus had been created and leaked at that time.
Chinese officials tried to mislead the World Health Organisation (WHO) about the origins of COVID-19.
Jamie Metzl, an adviser for the World Health Organisation, states that Chinese officials initially blamed a seafood market in Wuhan for the coronavirus, but that turned out to be “essentially a lie”. This suggests a deliberate attempt at deception by the Chinese government.