Digital Desk, New Delhi. The theory that the SARS-CoV-2 virus originated from the Wuhan lab is now being taken more seriously. On May 26, US President Joe Biden asked the country’s intelligence agencies to redouble efforts to trace the origin of the coronavirus. Coronavirus has come from an animal to humans or it has been prepared in a lab, the agency will submit its report to the President in 90 days. Since President Biden’s announcement, the theory of the virus leaking from Wuhan’s lab has once again gained momentum.
‣Researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology had fallen ill even before the first case of corona was reported on December 8, 2019. They had symptoms of Kovid-19 and seasonal diseases.
‣ Researchers from the Wuhan lab had been experimenting with the bat coronavirus RaTG13 since 2016. This coronavirus matches 96.2% with Kovid-19.
‣RaTG13 was isolated in 2013 from samples taken from bat feces at a mine in Yunnan, where six miners died in 2012.
‣ The Wuhan Institute of Virology carried out classified mimicry research, including animal experiments, for the People’s Liberation Army.
Biden was under pressure to reconsider his position
However, according to a CNN report, the Biden administration closed the State Department investigation after officials questioned the legitimacy of the report, calling it a waste of time and resources. But Biden was under pressure to reconsider his position that COVID-19 originated in nature. Especially when the WHO report also failed to answer on the origin of the virus. Then on May 14, a group of 18 scientists wrote in the journal Science that further investigation is needed for more clarity on the origins of the pandemic. He demanded serious consideration of both the possibilities natural and lab leaks.
The Wall Street Journal published two reports
On May 23 and 24, the Wall Street Journal published two reports. In one, the US intelligence report went beyond the State Department fact sheet and said that in November 2019, three researchers from the Wuhan lab had fallen ill. The second report was about the Yunnan Copper Mine where six miners fell ill. The Wall Street Journal report said that the lungs of miners with severe pneumonia were similar to those seen in Kovid patients. The next year, scientists from the Wuhan lab studied samples from 276 bats in the mine. Scientists identified a coronavirus strain in this study, which they called RaBTCoV/4991. This research was published in 2016.
96.2% of the genome sequence of RaTG13 matches with SARS-CoV-2
In February 2020, these same researchers published a paper in Nature. In this, while giving information about RaTG13, he said that 96.2% of its genome sequence matches with SARS-CoV-2. After noticing similarities in sample dates from scientists around the world and partial genetic sequences of RaBTCOV/4991 and RaTG13, researchers from the Wuhan lab said both viruses are beans. But he also said that it is not the virus that caused the death of the miners in 2012.
The Wuhan lab’s late admission of the two viruses to be identical and some contradictions in their explanations have raised questions about the transparency of the Wuhan lab’s data. On the other hand there are those who do not deny that the Wuhan lab was experimenting with different bat virus elements to create a new virus, perhaps to find a vaccine, and it accidentally leaked from the lab. All this has raised concerns that the WHO report on the origin of the virus does not present a complete picture.
The 120-page WHO report released on March 30, 2021, does not have any concrete information about the origin of the virus. But, it said that there is a high probability that the virus spread from animals to humans. The possibility of the virus spreading from a lab is ‘very low’. However, the World Health Organization said that more research is still needed. The report caused concern in most countries. America and 13 other countries also issued a statement in the World Health Assembly expressing concern about this. EU member states also said that more work is needed to study the origin of the virus.
What did China say?
However, China has consistently rejected America’s virus theory. Along with this, he accused the US on the contrary, saying that the virus came from the US Army Base Fort Detrick in Maryland. Referring to the US President’s announced investigation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the investigation suggests that the US aims to use the pandemic to do political manipulation and blame shifting. They are disrespectful towards science, irresponsible towards people’s lives.
31st December: WHO was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in the city of Wuhan. On January 7, Chinese authorities identified the novel coronavirus as the cause of pneumonia.
February 3: In a paper in Nature, researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology said that SARS-CoV-2 has a 96.2% genome match with the bat coronavirus RaTG13. Three days later, a researcher at the South China University of Technology reported in a paper that the coronavirus may have originated from a laboratory in Wuhan. However, this paper was later withdrawn.
February 19: In a statement published in The Lancet, a group of 27 scientists denounced the conspiracy theory about the coronavirus and concluded that it originated in wildlife. In a paper in Nature Medicine in March, scientists said it is impossible to prove or disprove the theories, but they do not believe it originated from a laboratory.
March 27: The US Defense Intelligence Agency’s updated assessment included the possibility of unsafe laboratory practices leading to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
30 April: US President Donald Trump said that people are watching the laboratory origin theory strongly. Three days later, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told ABC News: This is not the first time that the world has been exposed to the virus as a result of failures in a Chinese laboratory.
4th of July: The Times reports that a virus like SARS-CoV-2 was detected in a copper mine in China in 2012, and then studied at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
November 17: The journal BioAssays published a paper with the headline: The Genetic Structure of SARS-CoV-2 Does Not Rule Out a Laboratory Origin.
15 January: The US State Department made public a fact sheet regarding the origin of Corona during Trump’s tenure. This included both previously disclosed information and open source information. This fact sheet strengthens the lab-origin theory.
30 March: WHO presented its report. The 120-page report, released on March 30, 2021, does not have any concrete information about the origin of the virus. But, it said that there is a high possibility that the virus spread from animals to humans. The possibility of the virus spreading from a lab is ‘very low’.
14 May: A group of 18 scientists called for an investigation to establish more clarity about the origin of the pandemic. Scientists said that both natural and laboratory theory should be seriously considered.
23-24 May: The Wall Street Journal, citing a US intelligence report, said that in November 2019, three researchers at the Wuhl lab had fallen ill. Another report was about miners who fell ill in 2012, whose lungs were seen to have patches similar to those of Kovid-19 patients.
May 27: US President Joe Biden has ordered intelligence agencies to find out where the corona virus spread within 90 days.