The Chinese virologist rarely refuted this claim in an interview with The New York Times that the virus would escape the agency under the spotlight for a year.
A Chinese virologist and the head of one of the Wuhan Institute of Virology has once again denied the theory that the virus that causes Covid-19 may escape from her institution. In an interview published on Monday New York TimesUS President Joe Biden called on US intelligence services in May “double the effort” Explain the origin of Covid-19 and lament Beijing’s lack of cooperation and transparency.
For a long time, the theory of the laboratory accident in Wuhan, China has been ignored by most experts, and it has come into force in the debate in the US in recent weeks. The scientific community is increasingly calling for more in-depth investigations. Shi Zhengli, head of P3 Gaoan Laboratory (for “Category 3 Pathogen”) From the Wuhan Research Institute, which studies many viruses, including the coronavirus, and replied to the New York Times via telephone and e-mail.
“How the hell can I bring evidence for something without evidence?”, She first blurted out, and then hoped to continue via email, citing the rules of the institute located in the city, which was the first epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
according to New York TimesWhen asked whether his laboratory had a new coronavirus strain before the pandemic, Dr. Shi gave a strong negative answer.She also denied the news published in the U.S. media, saying that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute were hospitalized in November 2019. The symptoms were consistent with Covid-19, but also consistent with Covid-19. “Seasonal infections”.
Shi Zhengli also rejected the accusations of dangerous genetic manipulation, in particular relayed in the United States by certain elected Republicans. This research, said “Functional Gain” (gain-of-function, in English), including deliberate modification of the genetic code of a molecule, in this case a virus, sometimes in a harmless manner, but sometimes aimed at increasing the virulence or infectivity of the pathogen in order to increase the Understand it well.