Wuhan Virology institute director refutes Covid-19 claims

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supported President Trump days later, claiming at the beginning of this month that there was "enormous evidence" that COVID-19 originated in a laboratory in Wuhan.

In an interview to state broadcaster CGTN aired on Saturday night, Wang Yanyi said that any suggestion that the SARS-CoV-2 leaked from her institute is "pure fabrication".

Dr. Shi Zhengli, the Chinese virologist from Wuhan whose intensive work on bat coronaviruses quickly allowed scientists to come to grips with COVID-19, is sounding the alarm anew this new disease is only one of many set to strike the world. Although Shi's team has studied coronavirus samples from bats, Wang said the two strains are not particularly similar in genetic terms.

Scientists think COVID-19 - which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has killed more than 340,000 people worldwide - originated in bats and could have been transmitted to people via another mammal.

The director of Chinese virology institute of Wuhan has said that three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site but none of them match with the novel coronavirus that has wrecked chaos in the world.

"If we do not examine [the viruses], there will perhaps be an additional episode", advised Shi, whose was referred to as "bat woman" by the press due to the fact that of her research study including the animals.

She said that it is "very regrettable" that science is now being politicized, instead of governments being transparent and cooperative with researchers. "It's an obvious difference", Yanyi said in an interview.

She said that "now we have three strains of live viruses".

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday Washington are infected with a "political virus" and that Beijing are open to find an global effort to find the source of the virus.

The virologist did not comment on U.S. accusations that the coronavirus spread from the institute. "These aren't the first times that we have had the world exposed to viruses as a result of failures from a Chinese lab". "However, their greatest similarity to SARS-CoV-2 just reaches 79.8 percent", she explained, talking about the coronavirus strain which leads to COVID-19.

"In actuality, like everybody else, we did not even understand the virus existed", she explained.

Other reports by iNewsToday