Coronavirus conspiracy: Wuhan scientists ‘did crazy things’ in shadowy lab

Professor Petr Chumakov said the Chinese were examining the pathogenicity of the virus “with malicious intent” and were not deliberately trying to create a manmade killer at the state-backed Wuhan Institute of Virology.

They did absolutely crazy things, in my opinion

Prof Petr humakov

The source of the pandemic, which has had such a devastating health and economic impact around the world, has been traced back to a so-called wet market in the central Chinese city of 11 million people.

But the close proximity of the shadowy reseach facility has raised questions about the true origins of the disease which has so far infected 2.67 million people around the world and a global death toll approaching 190,000.

US President Donald Trump has said his government was investigating reports the virus may have been artificially synthesized at the Wuhan lab or perhaps escaped from such a facility.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology dismissed the allegations and the World Health Organization said on all available evidence suggested coronavirus originated in animals in China late last year and was not manipulated or produced in a laboratory.

But Professor Chumakov, chief researcher at the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology in Moscow, told Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper: “In China, scientists at the Wuhan Laboratory have been actively involved in the development of various coronavirus variants for over 10 years.

“They did this, supposedly not with the aim of creating pathogenic variants, but to study their pathogenicity.

“They did absolutely crazy things, in my opinion. For example, inserts in the genome, which gave the virus the ability to infect human cells.”

He continued: “Now all this has been analysed the picture of the possible creation of the current coronavirus is slowly emerging.

“There are several inserts, that is, substitutions of the natural sequence of the genome, which gave it special properties.

“It is interesting that the Chinese and Americans who worked with them published all their works in the scientific press.

“I even wonder why this background comes to people very slowly.

“I think that an investigation will nevertheless be initiated, as a result of which new rules will be developed that regulate the work with the genomes of such dangerous viruses.

“It’s too early to blame anyone.”

Pro Chumakov said the Chinese scientists created variants of the with the possible aim of creating vaccine for HIV.

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Moscow had earlier warned against making allegations about coronavirus being manmade.

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “In the situation where there is not enough information that has been supported and checked by science we think it is unacceptable, impossible, to groundlessly accuse anyone.”

Veronika Skvortsova, head of Russia’s Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA) and Mr Putin’s former health minister, was asked if the pandemic virus could be manmade.

She told Russia’s Channel One: “This question is not that easy. It demands a very thorough study.

“None of the versions can be ruled out.

“We can see that a fairly large number of fragments distinguishes this virus from its very close relative, SARS.

“They are approximately 94 per cent similar, the rest is different.

“I think that we must conduct a very serious research.”

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