US Government Investigating Theory That Coronavirus Started In A Chinese Lab
Over the past few months, coronavirus has rapidly spread across the world and infected over 2 million people. At first, it seemed like Chinese wet markets were the place where the virus first originated. But now there is more emphasis on a theory that coronavirus actually originated in a Chinese lab.
Chinese Wet Markets Were Believed To Be The Origin
Chinese wet markets are places where people sell live animals and fresh seafood for consumption. Animals like bats, snakes and pangolins are all sold at these markets. They are believed to be carriers of the deadly coronavirus by many scientists. Water is often used to clean the floors that are filled with animal blood and melting ice. This is where the name wet markets comes from. The first coronavirus cases in China saw quite a few connections to wet markets and the consumption of bats. “Poorly regulated, live-animal markets mixed with illegal wildlife trade offer a unique opportunity for viruses to spillover from wildlife hosts into the human population,” the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement. It seemed like scientists had found their answer as to how the virus started. That is up until recently with Chinese labs being brought into question.
Now, more research is being conducted by United States intelligence officials to see if the virus actually started in a lab in Wuhan, China. They are reportedly trying to determine “whether someone was infected in the lab through an accident or poor handling of materials and may have then infected others,” according to a CNN report. Citizens of Wuhan were recently released from lockdown. Wet markets are reopening regardless of the risks they may pose.
The Chinese Government Has Denied The Lab Theory
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: “China’s position has been clear on the origin and transmission routes of the novel coronavirus.” He went on to say that “The head of the World Health Organization has repeatedly stated that there hasn’t been any evidence pointing to the virus being lab-created. Many renowned medical experts around the world have also described theories such as ‘lab leaks’ as lacking any scientific proof.” The Chinese government has made it very clear that they think coronavirus was not started in one of their own labs.
Regardless of what theory actually reigns true about the origin of coronavirus, China is still willing to help other countries combat it. “China will continue to work with other countries, helping each other and banding together to win this fight between humanity and a major infectious disease,” Lijian said.
This Isn’t The First Time The US Has Doubted Chinese Labs
In 2018, United States embassy officials visited a Chinese research facility in Wuhan. They felt that the lab was not taking necessary safety precautions. They reported that scientists were doing risky studies on coronaviruses from bats. The officials were warning about “safety and management weaknesses at the WIV lab and proposed more attention and help.” They also found that the “lab’s work on bat coronaviruses and their potential human transmission represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic.” It sounds a lot like the current pandemic that the world is experiencing. The coronavirus pandemic is often being compared to the SARS pandemic of 2003.
However, there is still no hard evidence that the current coronavirus pandemic was engineered. Scientists largely agree it came from animals but labs in China have spent years testing bat coronaviruses in animals. Studying disease in animals does pose a risk to the health of scientists themselves. It makes sense why there are conflicting theories that point to both animals and scientists in labs.
As United States officials conduct more research on these Chinese labs, there is no telling whether or not they will find the answers they are seeking.