Since the COVID-19 coronavirus hit the world, a lot of conspiracy theories have emerged. Now, detailed research conducted believes that the virus did originate from Wuhan, China, but not from a wet market.
It is now being said that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was conducting coronavirus tests on bats. A number of bats were captured from a cage almost 1000 miles away in Yunnan, China. The theory now suggests an ‘accident’ at the research lab led to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Documents obtained by The Mail show that the US had funded the research in Wuhan with a grant of $3.7 million. As per senior government sources, “the balance of scientific advice’ was still that the deadly virus was first transmitted to humans from a live animal market in Wuhan, an accident at the laboratory in the Chinese city was ‘no longer being discounted.”
An unverified claim from the laboratory suggests that the scientists were the first people to have caught the illness. This was then spread within the local community in Wuhan.
The research, which began in 2017, was titled ‘Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus.’ You can read more about COVID-19 history here.
Furthermore, the research stated: “All sampling procedures were performed by veterinarians with approval from the Animal Ethics Committee of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Bat samplings were conducted ten times from April 2011 to October 2015 at different seasons in their natural habitat at a single location (cave) in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. Bats were trapped and faecal swab samples were collected.”
The US-China link between Coronavirus and trade war
Even though there is no denying that the virus initiated from animals, it is now being believed that it affected laboratory officials first, and then found its way out. Many conspiracy theories regarding China and the US’ trade-war have surfaced ever since the pandemic as well.
Both sets of officials and their supporters are pinning the blame on the other. However, this new research shows a rather collaborative manner by both countries. Why was the US-funded research being conducted in Wuhan, China in the first place?
Myths might suggest that the virus initiated from locals eating bat soup. But why was no light shed on the Wuhan Institute of Virology and its work on bats from Yunnan? So many questions, with little to no significant answers.
The most affected country, in the beginning, China, seems to be recovering. However, on the other hand, the US has crossed 500,000 active cases with the highest death rate in the world. What is the link between this research, the current scenario and the theory which is missing? Only time will tell.