The head of China’s Wuhan virology lab, also called as the ‘bat woman’, and an expert from the University of North Carolina in the US, flagged Covid risk in 2015.
The paper published in above year identified the dangers of their gain-of-function experiment of a novel coronavirus which could infect human cells. The experiment now reported by the Vanity Fair on Thursday.
In the research, Shi Zhengli and epidemiologist Ralph Baric used mice as subjects and inserted the protein from a Chinese rufous horseshoe bat into the molecular structure of the SARS virus from 2002, creating a new, infectious pathogen. The researchers wrote in the paper and warned the world of “a potential risk of SARS-CoV re-emergence from viruses currently circulating in bat populations”.
The findings were published in scientific journal Nature Medicine where it acknowledge funding from the US National Institutes of Health and from a nonprofit called EcoHealth Alliance, which grant money from the US Agency for International Development.
Now the study was extracted by a small team of investigators, commissioned by Matthew Pottinger, the deputy National Security Adviser in the Donald Trump administration. The team aimed to find the origins of Covid-19.
This development comes after the recent findings, where many experts denied the lab leak theory and other trying to find the possibility of lab leak. To have effective remedy against coronavirus it’s important to know its origin.
A team of 18 scientists from Universities in the US, Canada, the UK and Switzerland have signed a letter in the journal Science arguing the need to determine the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic. The US’ top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci also said he is “not convinced” Covid-19 developed naturally.
US President Joe Biden has recently ordered the intelligence community to re-double efforts to examine how the virus originated, including the lab accident theory.
Other countries like the European Union, the UK, Australia, and Japan also have joined the US in seeking a deeper investigation into the origins of the pandemic.