mandag 11. mai 2020

Wuhan lab chiefs insist facility is secure as coronavirus claims circulate

Leading officials at the Wuhan Institute of Virology have insisted they adhere to strict security standards following claims the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 originated from the lab. The facility includes a level four laboratory – the highest biosecurity level – which is authorised to carry out research on the most dangerous pathogens, such as Ebola, West African Lassa virus and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever viruses.

Scientists have dismissed the possibility that the virus was engineered but the theory that it accidentally leaked from the lab continues to circulate, with US President Donald Trump saying he had seen evidence to support the claim. “We have adopted a series of measures to ensure no virus can leave our lab,” Yuan Zhiming, director of Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, told Science and Technology Daily on Sunday.