Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


×
We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data. Pixabay

The suspicion that the Covid-19 virus could have resulted from a laboratory leak in China refuses to die down, following a fresh demand by a group of eminent scientists for further investigations to determine the origin of the deadly disease. The call for a further probe by 18 leading scientists follows the discovery of a Chinese military paper, which discusses the leading role of bioweapons in case a third world war was to be fought in the future. The publication of the research paper has raised legitimate doubts that China may have been developing bioweapons, which may have accidentally escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology –a stone’s throw from the wet market where the virus was apparently found in bats.

Covid-19 emerged in China in late 2019, triggering a global pandemic, which has killed 3.34 million people and cost the world trillions of dollars in lost incomes. The social consequences of the outbreak have been horrendous. “More investigation is still needed to determine the origin of the pandemic,” said the scientists, including Ravindra Gupta, a clinical microbiologist at the University of Cambridge, and Jesse Bloom, who studies the evolution of viruses at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Reuters has reported.


Follow NewsGram on Twitter to stay updated about the World news.

“Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable,” the scientists including David Relman, professor of microbiology at Stanford, said in a letter to the journal Science. The authors of the letter question the finding of the World Health Organisation (WHO) into the origins of the virus. They said that the WHO had not made a “balanced consideration” of the theory that it may have come from a laboratory incident.


The demands for a more detailed probe follow an investigative report published on May 7 by the Australian newspaper. Pixabay

In its final report, written jointly with Chinese scientists, a WHO-led team that spent four weeks in and around Wuhan in January and February said the virus had probably been transmitted from bats to humans through another animal, and that a lab leak was “extremely unlikely” as a cause. “We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data,” the scientists said, adding that an intellectually rigorous and dispassionate investigation needed to take place, according to Reuters.

The demands for a more detailed probe follow an investigative report published on May 7 by the Australian newspaper. The daily brought into global spotlight the existence of a Chinese military paper that discusses the potential of bioweapons based on SARS coronaviruses. Covid-19 is also a mutant of SARS coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. The findings by the Australian have reopened the debate about the origins of Covid-19, driving holes in the theory that a wet market in Wuhan, was the ground zero from where Covid-19 radiated across the globe.

The Chinese military paper titled The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons points out that World War III if it materializes, will be decided by new-age biological weapons. They argue that the future of warfare is biological weapons, signaling that it was, therefore, necessary for China to develop these weapons of mass destruction. They predict that a “new era of genetic weapons” that can be “artificially manipulated into an emerging human �disease virus, then weaponized and unleashed in a way never seen before,” is on the horizon.


The Chinese paper asserts that the new means of delivering bioweapons have been developed. Pixabay

The authenticity of the 263-page Chinese military paper, authored by 18 top experts, including those drawn from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has been established by digital forensics specialist Robert Potter. The US Department of Science got hold of the document May 2020, whose details will be published in an upcoming book, to be released in September, titled What Really Happened in Wuhan, authored by Sharri Markson.

ALSO READ: Writers In China Are Being Detained For Writing About COVID Pandemic

The Chinese paper asserts that the new means of delivering bioweapons have been developed. “For example, the new-found ability to freeze-dry micro-organisms has made it possible to store biological agents and aerosolized them during attacks.” The Chinese have been responding furiously to any demands for an independent probe into the origins of Covid-19�a position that has started to seriously impact geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region. Last week, China suspended an economic dialogue with Australia, stepping up pressure against Canberra, which began after Australia demanded a probe on Covid-19.

Relations between the two countries have plummeted to a new low after China blocked imports of Australian coal, wheat, and other goods over the past year. Chinese state media has also threatened Australia with missile strikes if it bonds with Taiwan. In view of the growing threat from China, the Biden administration has reinforced its support for Australia. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne, on Thursday that the U.S. “will not leave Australia alone on the field � or maybe I should say �alone on the pitch’ � in the face of economic coercion by China. That’s what allies do.” (IANS/JC)


Popular

Kishu Inu and Dogelon Mars are some of the more popular canine coins in recent months. Their popularity is demonstrated by the vast amount of trading volume that these cryptocurrencies receive.

At the time of writing, Kishu Inu has a trading volume exceeding $10 million and Dogelon Mars has an even larger trading volume that surpasses $30 million.

Keep Reading Show less

HUH Token

It’s here, and it appears that there ain’t nothin’ or no one stopping the skyrocketing force of HUH Token and the release of the long-awaited White Paper is finally here and we’re living for it.

It’s also great to note that Shiba Inu made a triumphant crypto market return this week and the reign of the dog continues though with HUH Token’s White Paper release it could see the ‘Utimeme’ token break out of the atmosphere on its December 6th launch and surpass Shiba Inu for altcoin supremacy.

Keep Reading Show less

HUH Token

HUH Token has been on the lips of crypto lovers for some time now and the much-anticipated White Paper release is here, right now, today!

Not only this but Shiba Inu’s mastery of the altcoin world could be coming to an end on HUH Token’s December 6th release if the aims, goals and technology in the White Paper are anything to go by.

Keep reading... Show less