Scientists believe COVID-19 — that emerged in Wuhan and has murdered some 340,000 people worldwide — originated from rodents and may have been transmitted to people through another mammal.
“Now we’ve got three breeds of viruses that are life… However, their greatest similarity to SARS-CoV-2 just reaches 79.8 percent,” she explained, talking about the coronavirus strain which leads to COVID-19.
Among the research groups, headed by Professor Shi Zhengli, was exploring bat coronaviruses because 2004 and concentrated on the”source tracing of SARS”, the breed behind the virus epidemic almost two years ago.
“We are aware that the entire genome of all SARS-CoV-2 is just 80 percent very similar to that of SARS. It is a clear gap,” she explained.
“In Professor Shi’s past study, they did not listen to these viruses that are less like the SARS virus”
Conspiracy rumors the biosafety laboratory was included in the epidemic swirled online for weeks before Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced the concept into the mainstream by asserting there is proof the pathogen came in the institute.
The laboratory has stated it obtained samples of this then-unknown virus on December 30, decided that the viral genome order on January 2, and submitted data about the pathogen into the WHO on January 11.
Wang stated in the interview before it obtained samples in December, their group had never”struck researched or retained the virus”
“In actuality, like everybody else, we did not even understand the virus existed,” she explained. “How can it have leaked out of our laboratory when we had it?”
In an interview with Scientific American,” Shi said the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence didn’t fit some of those bat coronaviruses her lab had gathered and analyzed.