Story By: Georgina Jadikovska, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A new COVID-19 study conducted by the University of Hamburg has found evidence that the current pandemic started from a laboratory accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.
The study, which was carried out from January 2020 to December 2020, was based on an interdisciplinary scientific approach and extensive research using various sources of information, including academic literature, print articles, online media, and personal communication with international colleagues.
Nanoscientist and leader of the study, Prof. Dr Roland Wiesendanger, concluded that there are many factors which speak in favour of a laboratory failure at the Wuhan Institute of Virology as being the source of the pandemic.
According to the data provided, even though over a year has passed since the outbreak of the pandemic, no intermediate host was ever identified that could prove a transmission from bats to humans. Moreover, bats were not even offered at the suspected market in Wuhan.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology, however, holds one of the world’s largest bat pathogen collections which come from distant caves in southern Chinese provinces. It is therefore extremely unlikely that bats made their way naturally to Wuhan from a distance of nearly 2,000 kilometres and triggered a global pandemic.
In addition, the institute allegedly performed genetic manipulations on similar viruses for many years with the aim of making them more contagious, dangerous, and deadly for humans, in accordance with numerous publications in the scientific specialist literature.
Significant safety deficiency in the institute was detected even before the pandemic.
Prof. Dr Roland Wiesendanger said: “The critical, science-based examination of the current pandemic’s origin question is of great importance, because only on the basis of this knowledge can adequate precautions be taken to keep the probability of occurrence of similar pandemics as low as possible in the future.”
He believes the current pandemic will keep us busy for many years because of its social and economic effects.
The study was completed in January 2021 and distributed within scientific circles where it was classified as extremely politically sensitive.
The author of the study said: “This can no longer be a matter for a small group of scientists. It must urgently become the subject of public debate.”
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