Infamous Wuhan lab admits having three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2020

Earlier this month, President Trump had claimed that he had evidence to prove that the coronavirus had originated from the virology institute in Wuhan, despite USA intelligence agencies' stating that the virus was not manmade.

But the director of the Wuhan lab called Donald Trump's claim that the virus was leaked from the facility a "pure fabrication". Some of its members, like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, didn't hesitate to cite "enormous evidence" which, as he stated, proved that the virus was man-made and likely originated from the Chinese laboratory. "It's an obvious difference", Yanyi said in an interview.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology has three live strains of bat coronavirus on its premises but none match that of Covid-19, the establishment's director has said.

One such strain has a 96-percent similarity to the regular SARS virus, whereas "their highest similarity to SARS-CoV-2 only reaches 79.8 percent".

In the interview filmed on May 13 but broadcast on Saturday, Ms Wang told state broadcaster CGTN the centre had "isolated and obtained some coronaviruses from bats".

Aside from theories that the virus leaked from the lab, others suggest that China may have purposely manufactured the virus as a bio-weapon.

"We propose two scenarios that can plausibly explain the origin of Sars-CoV-2: natural selection in an animal host before zoonotic [animal to human] transfer; and natural selection in humans following zoonotic transfer", they said.

Most scientists say the novel coronavirus passed from bats to humans through an intermediary species that was likely sold at a wet market in Wuhan late previous year. "So, in Prof Shi's past research, they did not pay attention to such viruses that are less similar to the Sars virus".

"The World Health Organization said Washington had offered no evidence to support the "speculative" claims".

An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020.

Her scientists had never "encountered, researched or kept the virus" until it received samples on December 30, when it had already unknowingly taken hold on Wuhan, the contagion's epicenter, she said.

But the scientific consensus remains that the pathogen was passed from bats to humans through an intermediary species at a wet market in Wuhan a year ago, although it's becoming more challenging to pinpoint the animal.

"Our institute first received the clinical sample of unknown pneumonia on December 30 previous year", she recalled, in an interview to China's CGTN news outlet.

Ms Wang refuted such theories, adding: "We didn't even know about the existence of the virus, so how could it be leaked from our lab when we didn't have it?"

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