Wuhan Institute of Virology

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The Wuhan Institute of Virology is 8.6km from the seafood market originally claimed to be the first cluster of COVID-19 cases.
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AbbreviationWIV
HeadquartersWuhan, China
Interestsviruses, COVID-19
China's only BSL4 facility, which carries out "gain-of-function" research, iuncluding 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 carried out "gain-of-function" research on coronaviruses.[1] Researchers from WIV have published many papers about novel coronaviruses, including transgenic SARS/HIV hybrid viruses.[2][3] Zhengli Shi has headed the research.[citation needed]

Safety

"Scientists have expressed concern about China’s ability to safely monitor this BSL-4 lab in Wuhan" a former NSA counterterrorism analyst said. [4]

Research

"Since 2004, shortly after the original SARS outbreak, researchers from the WIV have been collecting bat coronaviruses in an intensive search for SARS-like pathogens."[5]

The WIV does "gain-of-function" research, which seeks to increase virulence of viruses. The lab has been supplied with viruses including Ebola, Henipah from Canada, which reportedly doesn't do such research.[1]

New coronaviruses

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." [6]

"Researchers from the institute have insisted there is no link between the [COVID-19] outbreak and their laboratory."[7]

Blame for Covid-19

An image from a Daily Mail report of 19 April 2020.[8]

In April 2020, the Western commercially-controlled media began blaming the Wuhan Institute of Virology for the outbreak of Covid-19, often citing anonymous "intelligence" sources.[9]

Funding

The WIV has received funds for its "gain-of-function" research from EcoHealth Alliance, whose head, Peter Daszak, has publicly defended its importance and headlined a piece for the Guardian Ignore the conspiracy theories: Scientists know Covid-19 wasn't created in a lab.[10]


 

Related Quotation

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COVID-19/Censorship“If one of the first thoughts that goes through the head of a lab director at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is that the new coronavirus could have come from her lab, then we are obliged to entertain the scientific possibility that it could indeed have come from her lab. Right then, there should have been a comprehensive, pockets-inside-out, fully public investigation of the Virology Institute, along with the other important virus labs in Wuhan, including the one close by the seafood market, headquarters of the Wuhan CDC. There should have been interviews with scientists, interviews with biosafety teams, close parsings of laboratory notebooks, freezer and plumbing and decontamination systems checks — everything. It didn’t happen. The Wuhan Institute of Virology closed down its databases of viral genomes, and the Chinese Ministry of Education sent out a directive: “Any paper that traces the origin of the virus must be strictly and tightly managed.””Nicholson Baker4 January 2021

 

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.
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