A CHINESE scientist known as the “Bat Woman” was reportedly muzzled after unraveling the Covid-19 gene – which is crucial for developing tests and vaccines.
Virologist Shi Zhengli, one of the world’s best coronavirus researchers, is said to have been silenced after discovering that a mysterious virus was similar to SARS, a respiratory disease that started an epidemic in 2002.
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The revelation will fuel new allegations that the Chinese Communist regime has concealed the epidemic that has broken out in the city of Wuhan, which has become a pandemic that has so far killed nearly 110,000 people worldwide.
It was reported that Shi, who had searched for bat viruses, was recalled to his high security laboratory in Wuhan late last year after a mysterious new respiratory condition in the city was identified. as a new form of coronavirus.
In three days, she finished her genetic sequencing, reports the Mail on Sunday.
His team’s work has reportedly revealed that the virus is linked to horseshoe bats found more than 1,000 miles away in Yunnan, a region in southern China.
Gao Yu, a Chinese journalist released last week after 76 days in detention in Wuhan, said he spoke to Shi while he was in detention.
He said, “We later learned that his institute had completed gene sequencing and related testing as early as January 2, but was muzzled. ”
But, it seems, the same day, Yanyi Wang, director of the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, sent an email to staff and senior officials telling them to remain silent about the new virus.
“LAB DISEASE DISEASE”
Originally thought to be Covid-19 from a so-called “wet market” in town, there has been growing speculation linking the disease to the laboratory and to another in the city.
Scientists at the institute have experimented on bats as part of a project funded by the National Institutes of Health in the United States, which authorizes him to receive American money, reports the Mail on Sunday.
The Wuhan Virology Institute, worth £ 30 million, is the most advanced laboratory of its kind on the Chinese mainland and is located ten miles from the now infamous “wet market”.
Research published in November 2017 in an article entitled: “The discovery of a rich genetic pool of SARS-related coronaviruses in bats provides new information on the origin of the SARS coronavirus.”
The research involved capturing bats in a cave in Yunnan, in southwest China.
An April 2018 research article was titled “Fatal acute swine diarrhea syndrome caused by HKU2-linked coronavirus of bat origin.”
The government would no longer have ruled out that the virus first spread to humans after a leak from a laboratory in Wuhan.
Cao Bin, a doctor at a hospital in Wuhan, highlighted research showing that 13 of the first 41 patients diagnosed with the infection had had no contact with the market.
“It seems clear that the seafood market is not the only source of the virus,” he told Science magazine.
The Chinese government has condemned what it called the “hasty and reckless” claim that the country was behind the epidemic.
Meanwhile, a Chinese reporter released last week after 76 days of confinement in Wuhan, said he spoke to Shi while he was there.
The Chinese government has been accused of trying to cover up the epidemic and silence the whistleblowers.
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“We later learned that his institute had completed gene sequencing and related testing as early as January 2, but was muzzled,” said Gao Yu, reports the Mail on Sunday.
In an online conference last month, Shi said his team discovered on January 14 that the new virus could infect people, almost a week before it was revealed by Chinese authorities.
His team released data showing that the genetic sequence of Covid-19 was 96% identical to another virus they had found in horseshoe bats in Yunnan.