While top medical bodies and countries have been trying to get to the root of its origin, in a new twist of events, a Chinese virologist, who is seeking refuge in America has made claims that the virus, which has caused widescale devastation is not just any viral strain, but something which purely originated in a government facility in China.
Interestingly, the way the Asian country has handled the epidemic and the apparent silence has been met with a lot of criticism from experts within and outside the country.
The claims, which were made by Dr Li-Meng Yan, a virologist, who escaped China in April appeared in an interview given to the television channel, WION. Ever since the declaration was made, the report has been going viral on the internet.
“SARS-COV-2 is a human-made virus,” claims Dr Li-Meng Yan
Dr Yan is not the only expert who has made suspicious claims related to the origin of SARS-COV-2 virus. She reportedly said the virus was engineered in a lab facility by humans, also suggesting that the Chinese government had prior knowledge of the spread.
Dr Yan, who was also involved in investigating the first reported outbreak in the world, i.e., the one that originated in Wuhan, claims that the virus was very much in circulation before Wuhan seafood market came into the news, terming it to be a complete ‘cover-up’.
According to her, she was tasked with the job of analyzing samples when a cluster of SARS-like cases was observed.
While this is reported data, Dr Yan’s claims may back proof that the earliest COVID-19 cases were seen in November 2019, and not late December, as claimed.
Dr Yan also reported that the outbreak was much known by the World Health Organisation (WHO), accusing them of a cover-up.
WHO is battling criticism from countries like the US for not doing enough to combat the spread of the disease.
The virologist, who suggested that Chinese officials are trying to silence critics and experts like her is reportedly in the process of publishing all the claims, which could be accessed by the general public.
“Anyone, even if you have no biology knowledge, will be able to read it, and check and identify and verify it yourself.”
She also appeared on another UK-based television segment last week, where she promised to reveal proof that SARS-COV-2 is a man-made virus. Excerpts from the interview read:
“The genome sequence is like a human fingerprint. Based on this you can identify these things. I will (use this) evidence to tell people why this has come from the lab in China, why they are the ones who made it.”
Earlier this year, another whistleblower, 34-year-old doctor Li Wenliang, who tried to warn other medics and global experts about the spread of the epidemic died after battling the disease, which sparked outrage on the internet. He was, in fact, one of the first ones to let out warning signs in December by observing a test he had seen and identified that the illness was a coronavirus, a large family of viruses that includes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) which led to 800 death in China and the world in 2003.
Meanwhile, Wuhan, which was the epicentre of the disease and recorded over 50,000 cases at its peak, seems to have bounced back to normalcy when pictures of people partying, swimming without practising social distancing surfaced on the internet.
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