Fact: Wuhan had a Covid-like virus sent to it in 2013 sent from a Yunnan mine. Inevitably, the speculation begins…

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WION is Indian-owned and not exactly friendly to China.

USA Jul 06, 2020, 01.50 PM(IST) 
Written By: Lawrence Sellin

In 2013, Zheng-Li Shi, the “bat woman,” and her team from the Wuhan Institute of Virology were asked to investigate the virus profile of a mine shaft in Yunnan Province after six miners contracted pneumonia with symptoms similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

After sampling the mine shaft for a year, the researchers identified a diverse group of bat coronaviruses, one of which was designated RaBtCoV/4991 (GenBank KP876546) and partially sequenced as a 440-base pair fragment targeting the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase gene (RdRp).

Despite being  unique enough to be considered a new strain and associated with a human SARS-like outbreak as a Potential Pandemic Pathogen, thereafter, RaBtCoV/4991 disappeared from the scientific literature.

That is, until 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered an intensive search for the origin of the coronavirus responsible, SARS-CoV-2.

In the February 3, 2020 Nature article, scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, led by Zheng-Li Shi, stated that the coronavirus RaTG13, isolated from bats in Yunnan Province, China, showed a 96.2% sequence identity with SARS-CoV-2 and, therefore, “RaTG13 is the closest relative” forming a distinct lineage from other coronaviruses and supporting China’s claim that SARS-CoV-2 is naturally-occurring.

A month later, on March 17, 2020, the article “The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2,” widely-cited by scientists and the media, supported the conclusion that RaTG13 is SARS-CoV-2’s closest relative, which likely “jumped” from animals to humans in the Wuhan Seafood Market.

…We have now learned that…RaTG13 and RaBtCoV/4991 are the same virus.

The entire RaTG13 genome was first uploaded to the National Institutes of Health GenBank on January 27, 2020 and updated on March 24, 2020. In those filings, there is no mention of RaBtCoV/4991.

Yet, in a Chinese virus database, dated March 7, 2020 in the source code, RaTG13 and RaBtCoV/4991 are listed as being the same virus. It means that China knew early on that RaTG13 was not a unique coronavirus, but merely a duplicate of RaBtCoV/4991 and kept that important fact secret.

China has long implied that RaTG13 was only discovered in 2020 after the onset of the pandemic via a search of its coronavirus database.

Now comes yet another stunning revelation. It was not in the freezer.

According to new information, Chinese scientists experimented with RaTG13 during 2017 and 2018.

The evidence clearly shows that, not only did China lie in a major way about the origin of COVID-19, but that it is, without question, due to a man-made virus.

China lied, people died.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are the personal views of the author and do not reflect the views of ZMCL)

https://www.wionews.com/opinions-blogs/yet-another-stunning-revelation-about-the-true-origin-of-covid-19-311048

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Bloomberg, JUL 05 2020, 23:06 IST
UPDATED: JUL 06 2020, 08:48 IST

Virus samples sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology seven years ago closely resemble Covid-19, according to a report in the Sunday Times that highlights unanswered questions about the origins of the global pandemic.

Scientists in 2013 sent frozen samples to the Wuhan lab from a bat-infested former copper mine in southwest China after six men who had been clearing out bat feces there contracted a severe pneumonia, the newspaper said.

Three of them died and the most likely cause was a coronavirus transmitted from a bat, the Sunday Times reported, citing a medic whose supervisor worked in the emergency department that treated the men.

The same mine in Yunnan province was subsequently studied by Shi Zhengli, an expert in SARS-like coronaviruses of bat origins at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The differences between the samples may still represent decades’ worth of evolutionary distance, according to dissenting scientists cited in the article. The Sunday Times said the Wuhan lab did not respond to its questions.

In May, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology said there was no live copy of the RaTG13 virus in the lab, so it would have been impossible for it to leak. There is no evidence the lab was the source of the global outbreak that began in Wuhan.

Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/international/covid-19-like-virus-was-sent-to-chinas-wuhan-in-2013-report-857484.html

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Shi, nicknamed “bat woman” for her expeditions in bat caves, described Covid-19 in a February 2020 paper, saying it was 96.2% similar to a coronavirus sample named RaTG13 obtained in Yunnan in 2013.

By: Bloomberg | Updated: July 6, 2020 11:53:38 am

Virus samples sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology seven years ago closely resemble Covid-19, according to a report in the Sunday Times that highlights unanswered questions about the origins of the global pandemic.

Scientists in 2013 sent frozen samples to the Wuhan lab from a bat-infested former copper mine in southwest China after six men who had been clearing out bat feces there contracted a severe pneumonia, the newspaper said.

By: Bloomberg | Updated: July 6, 2020 11:53:38 am

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05/07/2020

Flinders’ University Professor Nikolai Petrovsky has told Sky News there are fears a bat virus discovered by the Wuhan Institute of Virology was tampered with to create the COVID-19 virus.

It is believed the closest genetic relative of COVID-19 is the RaTG13 virus founded by researchers from the Wuhan Laboratory in 2013.

Professor Petrovsky said the possibility of the RaTG13 being manipulated to make COVID-19 is clearly a concern.

He told Sky News host Sharri Markson there are differences between the bat virus RaTG13 and COVID-19.

“There are several other elements that don’t seem to fit with (COVID-19) being a direct descendant of the bat coronavirus”.

“Either a whole lot of viruses have mixed in nature to get these new elements or the other potential explanation is someone has put those elements directly into the original bat virus”.

Professor Petrovsky said scientists across the globe still can’t properly determine how COVID-19 emerged.

“Was it a natural event or a scientific experiment gone wrong”.

https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6169409205001

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