The media immediately dismissed the theory that the coronavirus may have potentially leaked from a lab in Wuhan. After doing some research and watching some videos, I came to the conclusion that this virus most likely leaked from a lab. There were too many coincidences to ignore.
From the outset, skeptics would say that it is highly unlikely that a virus of this magnitude can leak from a lab and cause such damage. However, China does have a history of negligence in laboratories, and was responsible for the SARS outbreak, where that virus leaked from a lab in Beijing. These leaks happened multiple times.
For the third time in less than a year, an outbreak of SARS seems to have originated from a failure in laboratory containment. This latest incident, revealed in China late last week, is the most serious
- There were two bio labs located in the vicinity of the infamous Wuhan Seafood Market, believed to be the source of this virus, the Wuhan Center for Disease Control & Prevention (WHCDC) and the Wuhan Virology Institute.
Researchers at the WHCDC have been known to be studying bats on at least two occasions.
>WHCDC hosted animals in laboratories for research purpose, one of which was specialized in pathogens collection and identification 4- 6. In one of their studies, 155 bats including Rhinolophus affinis were captured in Hubei province, and other 450 bats were captured in Zhejiang province
One of the researchers had to quarantine for 14 days.
The expert in collection was noted in the Author Contributions (JHT). Moreover, he was broadcasted for collecting viruses on nation-wide newspapers and websites in 2017 and 2019 7,8. He described that he was once attacked by bats and the blood of a bat shot on his skin. He knew the extreme danger of the infection so he quarantined himself for 14 days 7. In another accident, he quarantined himself again because bats peed on him. He was once thrilled for capturing a bat carrying a live tick
There is only one level 4 bio lab in China that is able to handle coronaviruses, and that lab is the Wuhan Virology Institute.
That’s a huge coincidence.
Researchers in that laboratory were studying SARS like coronavirus in bats. On November 18th, a few weeks before the first case was officially diagnosed, the Wuhan Institute of Virology posted a job opening.
“The main research directions of the research group: Taking bat as the research object, answer the molecular mechanism that can coexist with Ebola and SARS- related coronavirus for a long time without disease, and its relationship with flight and longevity. Virology, immunology, cell biology and multiple omics are used to compare the differences between humans and other mammals
On December 24, 2019, the Wuhan Institute of Virology posted a second job opening:
“long-term research on the pathogenic biology of bats carrying important viruses has confirmed the origin of bats of major new human and livestock infectious diseases such as SARS and SADS, and a large number of new bat and rodent new viruses have been discovered and identified.”
Here are two studies conducted in this laboratory related to coronavirus.
If you need more evidence that this lab was studying coronaviruses, a state department cable warned of safety issues at the Wuhan Virology Institute;
The first cable, which I obtained, also warns that the lab’s work on bat coronaviruses and their potential human transmission represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic
There are many types of coronaviruses, how do we know that they were studying this type, the virus that can be transmitted to humans?
Most importantly,” the cable states, “the researchers also showed that various SARS-like coronaviruses can interact with ACE2, the human receptor identified for SARS-coronavirus. This finding strongly suggests that SARS-like coronaviruses from bats can be transmitted to humans to cause SARS-like diseases
It’s a big coincidence that researchers at a lab located near the Wuhan Seafood Market were deeply involved in studying coronaviruses.
- On February. 14th, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a new biosecurity law to be accelerated. He described it as a vital “national security issue.”
Biosafety and biosecurity is vital to people’s health, national security and long-term stability of the country, and must therefore be included into the national security system. A systematic plan on risk control and management system must be formulated to comprehensively improve China’s governance capacity on biosafety and biosecurity. Legislation on a biosecurity law must be accelerated to establish the legal and institutional frameworks needed to ensure biosafety and biosecurity of the country.
A few weeks after China locked Wuhan down, the Ministry of Science and Technology issued the directive titled “Instructions on strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus.”
Whistleblowers’ warnings about this virus have disappeared.
Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang contracted the coronavirus after being silenced by local police. He died on February 7. Other citizen journalists and critics in China have been censored or arrested after sharing information about the outbreak. Some have disappeared or are under surveillance
Samples of the virus were deliberately destroyed under the instruction of Chinese authorities.
Chinese laboratories identified a mystery virus as a highly infectious new pathogen by late December last year, but they were ordered to stop tests, destroy samples and suppress the news, a Chinese media outlet has revealed
The Chinese laboratory that first published the coronavirus genome on Jan. 11 was inexplicably shut down by authorities
The Shanghai laboratory where researchers published the world’s first genome sequence of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19 has been shut down.
The laboratory at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre was ordered to close for “rectification” on January 12, a day after Professor Zhang Yongzhen’s team published the genome sequence on open platforms. It closed temporarily the following day
Why did the President of China feel the need to call for the acceleration of biosecurity laws during a pandemic?
Why did the Ministry of Science and Technology issue directives as to how to handle coronaviruses?
Why did China force scientists to destroy samples of this virus and suppress critical information?
Why did China silence numerous whistleblowers?
If this virus really originated from a seafood market, why in the world would Chins go to these extreme measures to suppress information?
- China’s original story that the virus emerged from a wet market in Wuhan has a few big holes:
According to a study, the first known patients had no connections to the seafood market.
Research by Chinese experts published in the Lancet in January showed the first known patient, identified on Dec. 1, had no connection to the market, nor did more than one-third of the cases in the first large cluster. Also, the market didn’t sell bats
China claimed that the virus originated in bats.
The Wuhan market did not sell bats.
According to municipal reports and the testimonies of 31 residents and 28 visitors, the bat was never a food source in the city, and no bat was traded in the market
A study by two scientists from China, Botato Xian and Lei Xiao, was mysteriously withdrawn after they alleged that the coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.
In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan. Safety level may need to be reinforced in high risk biohazardous laboratories
There are too many facts and coincidences that one must ignore to conceivably conclude that this virus really did originate in the Wuhan Seafood Market.
Disclaimer: This is a guest post and it doesn’t necessarily represent the views of IWB.