The COVID-19 virus was created in a Chinese lab and purposely released to the world by the Chinese Communist Party a virologist claimed, according to Fox News. The revelation came on the Fox News Channel’s ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’
Dr. Li-Meng Yan, when asked whether the Chinese government purposely released the coronavirus on the world, replied “Yes, of course, it’s intentionally.”
She told a British talk show that news of the virus coming from a wet market in Wuhan was intentionally misleading. The first thing is the [meat] market in Wuhan … is a smoke screen and this virus is not from nature,” Dr. Yan said, according to the New York Post.
Dr. Yan alleged that her research supports the theory that SARS-CoV-2, the scientific name for COVID-19’s pathogen, was man-made. “SARS-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring virus,’ she wrote on the website Zenodo, where her claims have been viewed over 150,000 in just over one day. “The evidence shows that [the virus] should be a laboratory product created by using bat coronaviruses ZC45 and/or ZXC21 as a template and/or backbone.”
“I work[ed] in the WHO reference lab, which is the top coronavirus lab in the world, in the University of Hong Kong,” Dr. Yan said. “And the thing is I get deeply into such investigation in secret from the early beginning of this outbreak. I had my intelligence because I also get my own unit network in China, involved [in] the hospital … also I work with the top corona[virus] virologist in the world. So, together with my experience, I can tell you, this is created in the lab … and also, it is spread to the world to make such damage.”
Dr. Yan explained that her research can be understood by laymen and that her conclusions are obvious. “The genome sequence is like a human fingerprint,” she said. “So based on this, you can identify these things. I use the evidence … to tell people why this has come from the lab in China, why they are the only ones who made it. Anyone, even if you have no biology knowledge, you can read it, and you can check and identify and verify by yourself.”
She said understanding this virus is the key to beating it. “This is the critical thing for us to know the origin of the virus. If not, we cannot overcome it — it will be life-threatening for everyone,” she said.
Many experts disagree with Dr. Yan’s conclusions. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, dismissed the idea of COVID-19 being man-made. “If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats, and what’s out there now is very, very strongly leaning toward this [virus] could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated — the way the mutations have naturally evolved,” Dr. Fauci said in May.
Dr. Michael Head of the University of Southampton dismissed Dr. Yan’s claims as nothing more than a conspiracy theory. “If people are exposed to and then believe conspiracy theories, this will likely have a negative impact on efforts to keep Covid-19 cases low and thus there will be more deaths and illness than there needs to be,” Dr. Head said. “The genomics of the virus have been disentangled previously, for example a Nature peer-reviewed paper where they state ‘Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory constructed or a purposefully manipulated virus’”.
He continued, “Other evidence also shows that this type of coronavirus has existed in bats for decades. This new manuscript is not peer-reviewed and does not obviously offer any data that overrides previous research.”