What is Covid Origin: Coronavirus is being claimed to have leaked from the Chinese laboratory. At one time this claim was rejected, but now a section of scientists is believing it.
Wuhan Institute of Virology (File Photo)
It has been nearly a year and a half since the first case of Coronavirus in Wuhan City, China. But there is a question, whose answer is still being searched all over the world. And that is the question, what is the origin of this virus (Covid Origin). This question still remains a mystery. However, in recent times, a disputed claim has started making headlines again.
Actually, that claim is that the coronavirus was leaked from the Chinese laboratory. At one time this claim was rejected, but now a section of scientists is believing it. At the same time, now US President Joe Biden announced to launch an investigation to find Corona’s origin. In this investigation, as far as the theory exists about the origin of the virus, it will be detected. In such a situation, the question arises, what theory are they and why does it matter?
What is lab-leak theory?
Doubts are raised about the fact that Corona has leaked from a lab in Wuhan. The first case of corona was reported in Wuhan. People who support this theory say that a major biological research facility exists in Wuhan. The facility is named ‘Wuhan Institute of Virology’ (WIV), which was studying coronaviruses in bats for more than a decade. The Wuhan Lab is located just a few kilometers away from Hunan Meat Market, where the first clusters of Corona came to light in Wuhan.
Those who support this theory say that the virus leaked from the Wuhan lab and then spread to the meat market. This theory of lab leak got a lot of headlines at the beginning of the epidemic, because the then US President Donald Trump gave it his support. Some people even suggested that it was prepared as a potential biological weapon. However, at the beginning of the epidemic, many people rejected this claim, but now it has begun to be discussed again.
How did the lab leak theory reappear?
In the US media, a lot of reports have been published in recent days regarding the lab leak theory. At the same time, the scientists who initially rejected this claim, have also started considering it again. A few days ago, a US intelligence report said that the researchers of Wuhan Lab had to be hospitalized in November 2019, because they were suffering from some strange disease. A few weeks later, the virus began to spread in Wuhan. A lot of news was published quoting this intelligence report.
Biden’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said that there was a possibility of this (lab leak) and I support an open investigation on this. On the other hand, the US President has now said that he had ordered to prepare a report regarding the origin of the virus as soon as he took office. He said that I asked the officials to investigate whether they find out that the virus has spread from animals to humans or that it was exposed due to lab leaks.
What do scientists believe about lab leak theory?
This is an issue that is constantly being discussed. An investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO) had the possibility that it would detect the virus’s origin. But experts believe that the WHO investigation has raised more questions than answers. Earlier this year the WHO team went to Wuhan to find out the source of the epidemic. After checking for 12 days at other places, including the lab, it found that the possibility of lab leaks was extremely low.
However, since then many people have questioned the WHO results. A prominent group of scientists criticized the WHO report for not taking the lab leak theory seriously. Actually, this theory was rejected only in a few pages of a report of several hundred pages. Scientists wrote in Science magazine that if we did not have enough data, then we should have examined both the natural and lab leak theory of viruses as serious.
At the same time, now the discussion has started in the experts that the lab leak theory should be investigated more deeply. Even the Director General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adnom Ghebreyus, has called for a new investigation. He said that all the hypothesis are still in front and they should be investigated further. On the other hand, Dr. Fauci says that he is not sure that the virus has not been produced naturally. Till now he also believed that the virus spread from humans to animals.
What does China have to say about the origin of the virus?
China has been infuriated over Corona’s claim of being leaked from the lab and has described it as a conspiracy to defame the country. Beijing says that this virus has reached its country from any other country through sea food shipments. China’s state media has accused the US and Western media of spreading rumors. It was written in the Global Times that the idea of people in the US about the origin of the epidemic is very crazy. The Chinese government is giving its own different theory that the virus has arrived in Wuhan from any country in South Asia via frozen meat.
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