Newly released Gov documents show researchers have been sending ‘DNA virus’ strains to Wuhan Lab for years

Researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology are investigating coronavirus in high-risk bat species from Laos before the pandemic, leaked documents reveal.

The findings give more weight to the hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from a Wuhan laboratory before causing a global pandemic, according to Daily mail. They also suggest that it is possible that both the bat theory of the COVID-19 pandemic and the laboratory leak theory could hold true at the same time.

According to a Sunday report from walkie talkie, scientists in September encountered a strain of coronavirus called Banal-52 in Laos. Banal-52 shares 96.8% of its genome with SARS-CoV-2.

While, according to the Telegraph, the discovery of Banal-52 and its resemblance to Sars-CoV-2 has strengthened theories that the origin of the pandemic was a natural outbreak rather than an escape. escaped in the laboratory, it raises questions about how Banal-52 might have somehow given rise to SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan more than 1,000 miles away.

Leaked emails between EcoHealth Alliance and US government donors provide some answers to those questions, according to a report from the Telegraph.


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US-based bipartisan group White coat waste project had access to these emails through a Freedom of Information Request, the outlet reported.

The emails revealed that between June 2017 and May 2019, the Wuhan Institute of Virology received virus samples of “bats and other high-risk species” from Laos, according to the report.

Prior to the discovery of Banal-52, EcoHealth Alliance looked at other bat viruses, including in Yunnan, China, and sent them to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

One such virus, RaTG13, is also genetically remarkably similar to Sars-Cov-2. RaTG13 was first discovered in a horseshoe bat on a mine shaft in Yunnan, which the Chinese government denies researchers access, according to the Daily Mail.

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According to the report, the genetic sequence information of samples collected from both Laos and Yunnan was removed from the online database at the Wuhan Institute, where they were stored until September 2019.

Because the data was deleted, the researchers were unable to pinpoint the exact strains Wuhan Institute of Virology have learned.

New Zealand-based data scientist and pandemic origin researcher Gilles Demaneuf believes that the revelations of the leaked document provide a “sensible” avenue for tracking the spread of the virus from Lao bats to Wuhan, according to the Daily Mail.

“We now have a very affordable direct route with two options,” Demanuef wrote in a blog post, the Telegraph reported.

Co-author of “Viral: Searching for the Origin of Covid-19”, Viscount Matt Ridley sees the leaked emails as something more supportive of the lab leak theory, according to the Telegraph.


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“The Banal-52 isn’t close enough to be a forerunner, it’s still not a smoke gun, but it’s pretty good. So maybe this virus started in Laos, not China. Interesting possibilities,” said Ridley as he spoke at the Institute of Economics.

“But we leaked a document showing that EcoHealth Alliance is sampling bats in Laos. In the document, they said that since it would be complicated to go back and get permission from the US Government to grant some funding to a Lao lab, they wanted to send all these samples to one lab. can analyze them. . It’s in a place called Wuhan. So the outbreak happened in a city that has the world’s largest research program on bat-borne coronaviruses, where scientists have been to at least two places where this Sars-CoV-2-like virus exists. live,” said Ridley, according to the Telegraph.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ridley offered two possibilities: “First, a bat sampler in Wuhan became infected during a field trip. Second, a research accident in Wuhan while controlling a Banal Lao bat-like corona virus. “

According to another leaked document accessed by Drastic, an open source data analysis group, Dr Peter Daszak, head of EcoHealth Alliance, proposed that the US government fund “for artificial insertion of cleavage sites on Sars-like coronaviruses collected in the field and studied in Wuhan,” Daily Mail reported.

The US denied Daszak’s 2018 request for $14.2 million due to concerns about the impact of the Union’s virus change work.

Ridley, however, believes that while the US refuses Daszak, work is still underway.

“The majority of funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology comes from Chinese people not the US government, after all; so failure to win US funding may not have prevented the work from being done. Moreover, exactly such an experiment was carried out with another coronavirus – guess who? – Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Ridley wrote in an article for Spectator World.

Andrew Jose is a journalist who writes on business and finance, foreign policy and the aviation industry, among other beats.

Andrew Jose is a journalist who writes on business and finance, foreign policy and the aviation industry, among other beats. In addition to the Western Review, he regularly contributes to the Daily Caller’s Review and Aviation Review, and has spin-offs in the Lonely Conservative and International Policy Review. Talk to Andrew securely via


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