October 21, 2021

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Wuhan Institute of Virology official denies allegations about the origin of Govit-19

Shi Zhengli, a Chinese virologist and director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory, has again denied the theory that the virus that causes Kovit-19 may have escaped from his company. In an interview published on Monday New York Times. U.S. President Joe Biden called on U.S. intelligence services in May “Double Attempts” It laments Beijing’s lack of cooperation and transparency to explain the origins of Govt-19.

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The theory of a laboratory accident in Wuhan, China, which has long been shunned by most experts, has come back into practice in recent weeks in the US debate. Calls for more in-depth investigation are growing within the scientific community. Dr. Shi Zhengli of the High Security P3 Laboratory (“for Class 3 Pathogens”) at Wuhan, which studies many viruses, including corona viruses, answered the question. New York Times By phone and email.

“How can I come up with something that has no evidence?” “, He first responded, wishing to continue the conversation by email and citing company rules located in the city, which was the first center of the corona virus infection.

Fear of genetic manipulation

According to New York Times, MMe When asked if he had kept the Corona virus novel in his lab before the outbreak, Shi responded with a strong negative. He also denied reports in the American press that three Wuhan researchers had been admitted to the hospital in November 2019, with symptoms compatible with Govit-19, but a “Seasonal Infections”.

Shi Zhengli also denied allegations of dangerous genetic manipulation, particularly those aired in the United States by a select few Republicans. These so-called “functional gain” research (Gain of operation, In English), in deliberately modifying the genetic code of a molecule, in this case a virus, sometimes harmlessly, but sometimes with the aim of enhancing it to better understand the virus or spread of a pathogen.

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Most controversial, this type of research has taken place at Wuhan, confirms New York Times, Refers to an article published in 2017 by a team of scientists at Wuhan Labs, including Mr.Me Shi, where they present the results of research into the development of new bad corona viruses.

Question New York Times To the question, the manager says he has never had any experience in the position “Aims to increase the virus’ of viruses”.

World with AFP