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Bringing back the focus on the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 (hereafter also referred to as SARS2), which has caused the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and claimed over 3 million lives across the globe, noted British science writer Nicholas Wade has self-published papers re-igniting the discourse on whether the deadly virus was developed in a lab or whether it was naturally transmitted into humans from bats, as claimed thus far.
Nicholas Wade, through his papers, has shed light on the two scenarios that stand before us on the origin of the COVID-19, with neither thus far having been proved conclusively. While it still remains unclear whether the SARS-coV-2 was developed in a lab or emerged naturally, Wade makes a strong case for exerting pressure on China to provide conclusive evidence either way and to bring out the truth of what was actually happening at the Wuhan Institute of Virology – a centre for the study of Coronaviruses.
Speaking to Republic Media Network’s Niranjan Narayanaswamy on Friday, Nicholas Wade, a British science author and journalist, explained both scenarios behind the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and made abundantly clear how there has been a rampant cover-up of various aspects. Through his papers, Wade has cited the precedent of the MERS epidemic in 2012 and the SARS1 in 2002. In both cases, as globally observed, decoding of the virus’ genome showed that it belonged to a viral family known as beta-coronavirus which supported the idea that it was a natural virus. The two viruses which caused an epidemic also left copious traces in the environment – similar evidence for COVID-19 hasn’t yet been brought to light.
COVID-19 developed in Wuhan lab?
However, in the case of the SARS2 (COVID-19), Wade told Republic World, that the virus from the very beginning was well-adapted to humans, thereby suggesting that it may have been intricately developed in such a way. He pointed out that this would only be possible if the virus was grown in a lab in ‘humanised’ mice – these are genetically modified mice, made so to carry certain viruses that could infect humans. “This would explain the virus’ adaptation to human cells,” he said possibly quashing the argument that the virus was transferred from bats into humans in one of Wuhan’s wet markets, as such a situation (the virus’ adaptability to infect humans) is less likely to happen naturally.
“Some 15 months after the SARS2 pandemic began, and a presumably intensive search, Chinese researchers had failed to find either the original bat population, or the intermediate species to which SARS2 might have jumped, or any serological evidence that any Chinese population, including that of Wuhan, had ever been exposed to the virus prior to December 2019,” Wade wrote in his self-published paper. In the same paper, Wade also explains the possible motive behind creating a novel virus capable of causing a pandemic, the research of which, was led by Dr Shi Zheng-li or “Bat Lady”, who collected around a hundred different bat coronaviruses in southern China.
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