Public television footage showed researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) ignoring gloves, masks and other PPE when handling bats and collecting feces in the field, first reported. noted Taiwan News.
In one section, virus expert Cui Jie recounted how a bat’s fangs went through his glove once, describing it as a sensation “like being stung with a needle,” the point noted. sale.
The video – first shown in China on December 29, 2017 – then cut from the limb of a severely swollen person due to an apparent bat bite. Scientists also admitted to being spattered with blood during the research, according to the Sun.
As a scientist handled samples with his bare hands, the narrator noted that the risk of injury “still exists” and that team members were given a rabies vaccine before each field sample, according to the report. from Taiwan.
However, Shi Zhengli, now notorious “batwoman” leader, dismissed the fears in a post deleted, saying “this job is not as dangerous as everyone thinks,” Taiwan News noted. .
“The chances of directly infecting humans are very low,” she reportedly wrote before her lab became the center of global attention due to the coronavirus pandemic which on Thursday killed more than 3.5 million people around the world.
“In most cases, only ordinary protection will be used,” she admitted during their risky research, the outlet said.
The video was shown by Chinese TV to showcase the lab’s work as well as to celebrate its “batwoman” director, Taiwan News said.
But it is resurfacing now that world leaders are increasingly concerned about possible links to the pandemic – President Biden this week ordering U.S. spy agencies to conduct a 90-day investigation.
Former President Donald Trump and his administration have long raised suspicions that the Bat Research Lab’s coincidence in the epicenter of the pandemic outbreak, with its research including similar viruses.
Biden eventually focused on the lab after it emerged that a U.S. intelligence report raised concerns about three of the lab’s researchers falling ill with a mysterious illness in November 2019, just before the first cases of COVID-19 are not officially noted.
The renewed attention even encouraged Facebook to reverse its ban on stories linking the lab to the outbreak.