A VIROLOGIST who defected to the US — after claiming China covered up the Covid-19 outbreak — has published an explosive report which concludes the virus was made in a lab.
Dr Li Meng-Yan, who says China’s communist regime tried to muzzle whistleblowers in the coronavirus ground zero of Wuhan last year, has claimed the bug did not naturally occur and could be “conveniently created” in a laboratory within six months.
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Dr Yan is formerly a specialist at Hong Kong’s School of Public Health who said her supervisor first asked her to investigate a new “SARS-like” virus in Wuhan on December 31 — but that her efforts were later stifled.
After she was told she would “be disappeared” if she spoke out she fled to the United States.
Here she has worked on a scientific paper — published today — with three other doctors which studied Covid-19’s genetic make-up and concluded it was cooked up in a lab.
In this she wrote that the coronavirus could have been “conveniently created” within a lab setting over a period of just six months.
She adds: “SARS-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus.”
She has previously said how she believed it had been made in a laboratory in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
In echoes of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, is has been claimed the virulent virus leaked out and the China’s communist regime tried to cover this up, giving the world little time to prepare for a pandemic.
So far nearly 993,000 people across the world have perished from Covid-19 which continues to relentlessly spread around the world.
From the early stages of the pandemic, reports emerged of doctors being detained after trying to warn others about the virus on social media.
Journalists also had their equipment confiscated after trying to report on the issue.
Earlier reports coming from China theorised the origin of the coronavirus was that it was a so-called “spillover event”, whereby the virus jumped from animal to human within a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan sometime in late 2019.
But Dr Yan writes: “The natural origin theory, although widely accepted, lacks substantial support.
“The alternative theory that the virus may have come from a research laboratory is, however, strictly censored on peer-reviewed scientific journals.
“Nonetheless, SARS-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus.”
Dr Yan’s paper is titled: “Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route”.
SARS-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus
Dr Yan had been working at Hong Kong University’s public health laboratory sciences division, a World Health Organisation (WHO) infectious diseases research centre, when her boss asked her to probe the outbreak in Wuhan.
Dr Yan claimed her and her team’s scientific findings were suppressed before being told to only to report cases linked to the Huanan seafood market.
She said she reported back that cases appeared to be rising exponentially but was told to “keep silent and be careful”.
“‘We will get in trouble and we’ll be disappeared’,” her supervisor reportedly said.
She has also backed claims that the virus came not from a meat market in Wuhan, as is widely thought by scientists, but from a virology research centre in the city.
Fearing for her life, she fled to the United States.
Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women from an undisclosed location on Friday, Dr Yan said: “It comes from the lab in Wuhan.”
She then explained: “The genome sequence is like a human fingerprint.
“Based on this you can identify these things.
“I will [use this] evidence to tell people why this has come from the lab in China, why they are the ones who made it.
“Anyone, even if you have no biology knowledge, will be able to read it, and check and identify and verify it yourself.”
Her study has been published on Zenodo, which is an open access digital platform.
Other scientists, however, have disputed Dr Yan’s claims and concluded that it is naturally occurring and was passed to humans from an animal, probably a bat.
Writing in a research paper published earlier this year, immunologist Kristian Andersen PhD of the Scripps Research institute in California said: “By comparing the available genome sequence data for known coronavirus strains, we can firmly determine that [Covid-19] originated through natural processes.”
Doctors from Wuhan have reported being detained after speaking out on social media about what they were witnessing, while journalists have recounted being harassed and having their equipment confiscated after trying to report on the issue.
Ill-fated “whistle blower” Dr Li Wenliang tried to warn the world about the killer virus but was sent a chilling letter by the police before he died.
Wenliang was told by cops “if he refused to repent he would be punished” not long before he was killed by the deadly virus.