Wuhan Institute of Virology

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The Wuhan Institute of Virology is 8.6km from the seafood market identified as the first cluster of COVID-19 cases.
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HeadquartersWuhan, China
Interestsviruses, COVID-19
The Wuhan Institute of Virology houses China's only BSL4 facility, where internationally published research involved the creation of transgenic novel coronaviruses by combining SARS with HIV.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) opened mainland China's first biosafety level 4 laboratory in 2015. They have published many papers about novel coronaviruses, including transgenic SARS/HIV hybrid viruses.

Safety standards

"Scientists have expressed concern about China’s ability to safely monitor this BSL-4 lab in Wuhan"[1]


In 2016 researchers at the WIV reported "the isolation and characterisation of a novel bat coronavirus which is much closer to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in genomic sequence than others previously reported." [2]

"Researchers from the institute have insisted there is no link between the [COVID-19] outbreak and their laboratory."[3]


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Logistical and Technical Exploration into the Origins of the COVID-19 virusreport31 January 2020Jonathan Jay CoueyReport of a thorough investigation into the origins of the virus that caused the pandemic. Whilst the author is circumspect, the evidence presented points clearly to the virus being the product of laboratory engineering.