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Was SARS-CoV-2 virus created in a Wuhan lab? New report claims Chinese authorities knew when Covid-19 escaped
The pandemic has disrupted billions of lives across the world and caused more than 30 lakh deaths.
It has been almost one and a half years since the first case of a coronavirus infection was reported in China’s Wuhan. What began as ‘just another outbreak’ has now become one of the worst pandemics the world has witnessed in the past Century.
The highly-infectious virus is now at a stage of third mutation wherein scientists are still trying to understand the most efficient vaccine that could counter the lethality of it.
There has been a lot of ambiguity over the origin of this virus. While China has vehemently denied any role in the outbreak, a lot of the research behind the inception of the infection is still in the grey area.
The pandemic has disrupted billions of lives across the world and caused more than 30 lakh deaths. As more and more evidence gets collected to get to the root of the malady, they all direct towards the same eventuality that the virus could have been created in a Chinese laboratory from where it then escaped, believes Nicholas Wade, a noted science writer and author.
In an article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Wade revealed that much of the scientific work of Chinese virologists on coronaviruses was performed at the BSL2 safety level lab, which mandates fairly minimal safety precautions.
The coronavirus pandemic broke out in Wuhan in December 2019.
“For the lab escape scenario, a Wuhan origin for the virus is a no-brainer. Wuhan is home to China’s leading center of coronavirus research where researchers were genetically engineering bat coronaviruses to attack human cells. They were doing so under the minimal safety conditions of a BSL2 lab. If a virus with the unexpected infectiousness of SARS2 had been generated there, its escape would be no surprise,” Wade said.
He elaborated on the lack of access to evidence on the case from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, or other labs in Wuhan.
“The evidence adds up to a serious case that the SARS2 virus could have been created in a lab, from which it then escaped. But the case, however substantial, falls short of proof. Proof would consist of evidence from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, or related labs in Wuhan, that SARS2 or a predecessor virus was under development there. For lack of access to such records, another approach is to take certain salient facts about the SARS2 virus and ask how well each is explained by the two rival scenarios of origin,” Wade added.