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Terrifying photos hastily deleted by China set coronavirus alarm bells ringing
April 20, 2020
The images show a broken seal door on a refrigerator that contains 1,500 different viral strains. One of the strains in the vials within the fridge is a bat coronavirus, linked to the current Covid-19 deadly pandemic. The images were first released by state-owned China Daily newspaper in 2018, they were then republished again last month on the news agencies Twitter, before being deleted.
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The China Daily is widely regarded as the propaganda mouthpiece for the CCP regime tightly controlled by President Xi Jinping.
The seal in the lab refrigerator appears flimsy and loose, while a lab worker dressed in gloves and a mask can be seen pulling out a box which contains virus samples.
The news adds to speculation of a possible lab leak being the cause of the present devastating world pandemic.
There is a level four biological safety laboratory, BSL-4 Lab, in Wuhan.
This is the highest level pathogen lab, dealing with some of the deadliest diseases known to mankind.
At the Wuhan Institute of Virology, scientists were carrying out experiments on bats from the cave believed to be the source of the coronavirus pandemic.
China requested expertise to build this deadly pathogen laboratory in 2017, and scientists outside China expressed worry about pathogens escaping.
This has added a biological dimension to geopolitical tensions between China and other nations.
It now seems ironic that George Gao, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology in Beijing, said: “Our contribution on the BSL‑4-level pathogens will benefit the world.”
There are already two BSL-4, Bio-safety Laboratory Four, in Taiwan, but the National Bio-safety Laboratory, Wuhan, would is the first on the Chinese mainland.
The lab was certified as meeting the standards and criteria of BSL-4 by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment, CNAS, in January 2017.
Chinese officials examined the lab’s infrastructure, equipment, and management, paving the way for the Ministry of Health to give its approval.
The £30 million institute, based ten miles from the infamous wet market believed to be the diseases epicentre, is supposed to be one of the most secure virology units in the world.
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The state-run People’s Daily newspaper said in 2018 that it was “capable of conducting experiments with highly pathogenic microorganisms” such as the deadly Ebola virus.
Scientists at the institute were the first to suggest that the virus’s genome was 96 percent similar to one commonly found in bats.
But despite its reputation for high security, a pre-print scientific study written by a group of Chinese scientists from the South China University of Technology sensationally claimed that Covid 19 spread from the high-security science laboratory in Wuhan and not a “wet market” in the city.
The report issued in early February by biological scientists from the prestigious university in Guangzhou, China, contradicts Beijing, who have even suggested the virus originated in the US.
Biologists Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao, published a pre-print entitled “The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus”, in the report they described how “the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan”.
The report added: “We noted two laboratories conducting research on bat coronavirus in Wuhan, one of which was only 280 metres from the seafood market.
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“We briefly examined the histories of the laboratories and proposed that the coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory.
“Our proposal provided an alternative origin of the coronavirus in addition to natural recombination and intermediate host.”
The scientists in the alarming report contested official findings that the pathogen first made the jump from bats to humans in the Wuhan wet market.
They said: “The probability was very low for the bats to fly to the market.
“According to municipal reports and the testimonies of 31 residents and 28 visitors, the bat was never a food source in the city, and no bat was traded in the market.
“There was possible natural recombination or an intermediate host of the coronavirus, yet little proof has been reported.”
The researchers screened the area around the seafood market and identified two laboratories conducting research on bat coronavirus.
These laboratories were within 280 meters of the market, one is called the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
The research concluded that this laboratory hosted animals for research purposes, one of which was specialised in pathogens collection and identification.