- Nov 1, 2013
- Camp Deplorable in the Blue Swamp
British ministers are no longer discounting that the coronavirus might have been caused by a leak from the Chinese laboratory in Wuhan.
The possibility that a leak from a laboratory in Wuhan, China is 'no longer being discounted' even though there is a balance of scientific advice that coronavirus was first transmitted to humans from a live animal market in Wuhan, according to senior sources from the British government.
However, they did not dispute the virus as "zoonotic," meaning its origins are from animals, said one member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's emergency committee last night. It did not rule out that the virus first spread to humans after a leak from the Wuhan laboratory.
"There is a credible alternative view of the zoonotic theory based on the nature of the virus. Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan. It is not discounted," according to a member of the 'Cobra' committee, that receives detailed classified briefings from the security services.
Laboratory Leak in Wuhan
Wuhan Virology Institute is considered to be the most advanced virology laboratory in mainland China. It is located ten miles from the infamous wildlife market and is supposed to be one of the most secure virology laboratories in the world.
In 2018, the state-run People's Daily newspaper said that the laboratory is capable of conducting experiments with highly pathogenic microorganisms like the deadly Ebola virus. Experts from the institute were the first to suggest that the genome of the coronavirus was 96 percent similar to one commonly found in bats.
There have been unverified reports that the workers at the virology institute became first infected after being sprayed by blood, and then spread the virus into the local population. This happened despite the institute's reputation for high security.
Another virology institute in Wuhan City is the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control. The laboratory is barely 3 miles away from the live animal market and believed to have carried out experiments on animals like bats to study the coronavirus transmission.