The pandemic that claims lives every day, is man-made and created in Wuhan lab, according to Nobel prize winner French scientist Luc Montagnier. His statement sparked a fresh controversy claiming that SARS-CoV-2 virus came from a lab, and is the result of an attempt to manufacture a vaccine against the AIDS virus.
An interview with a news channel and during a podcast by Pourquoi Docteur, Professor Montagnier who co-discovered HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) claimed the presence of elements of HIV in the genome of the coronavirus and even elements of the “germ of malaria” are highly suspect, according to a report.
“The Wuhan city laboratory has specialized in these coronaviruses since the early 2000s. They have expertise in this area,” he was quoted as saying.
The theory that Covid-19 virus originated in the lab is making rounds for quite some time.
US President Donald Trump earlier too acknowledged a news report that the novel coronavirus may have been accidentally leaked by an intern working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.
An exclusive report, based on unnamed sources, has claimed that though the virus is a naturally occurring strain among bats and not a bioweapon, it was being studied in Wuhan laboratory.
The initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human, the news channel said, adding that the “patient zero” worked at the laboratory. The lab employee was accidentally infected before spreading the disease among the common people outside the lab in Wuhan city.
Chinese government’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, where deadly viruses and infectious diseases are studied, is located quite close to the Wuhan wet market, is China’s first biosafety level IV lab.
The US state department had warned in 2018 about “serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory.