Covid-19 manufactured in Wuhan lab, a Chinese virologist claims
A Chinese virologist claims that the new coronavirus was created in lab in Wuhan and has vowed to publish proof that backs up her allegations. Dr Li Meng-Yan, a researcher at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, had previously accused Beijing of covering up the outbreak in Wuhan.
The new novel coronavirus outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, and was traced back to the sea-food market, which soon became the hotspot and was considered to be the origin centre, where a virus jumped from a bat or a pangolin onto humans.
Appearing on ITV on Friday, Li said she has evidence that the virus was man-made. “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.” Li fled to US from Hong Kong earlier this year alleging that Beijing had tried to silence her.
She said the Chinese authorities began to discredit her even before she fled the country. “They deleted all my information and also they told people to spread rumours about me,” she said. The Chinese National Health Commission, World Health Organization and University Of Hong Kong disputed her claims, according to The Sun.
In July, Hong Kong University put out a statement: “Dr Yan Limeng was a postdoctoral fellow at HKU. She has left the University. HKU notes that the content of the said news report does not accord with the key facts as we understand them. Specifically, Dr Yan never conducted any research on human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus at HKU during December 2019 and January 2020, her central assertion of the said interview.”
Dr Li said while working at Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, her supervisor first asked her to investigate a new ‘SARS-like’ virus in Wuhan on December 31, but her efforts were later “stifled”.
She said she reported back that cases appeared to be rising exponentially but was told to “keep silent and be careful.”
She also said she has proof that the virus came from a virology lab in the city and not from the wet-food market. “The genome sequence is like a human fingerprint,” she says on YouTube.
In March, a paper in science journal on the proximal origins of Covid-19 found that “analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.”
Who is Li Meng-Yan?
Yan is a Chinese virologist, she received her MD degree from Xiangya Medical College of Central South University, China, and her PhD from Southern Medical University, China. At the time of the COVID-19 pandemic she was employed at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, Hong Kong University, conducting research specialised in virology and immunology.
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