Scientists who are looking to learn more about the true origin of the current pandemic that we are suffering have been making more and more progress. They are slowly uncovering the truth about this horrific virus that has upended public life in a manner that we have never seen before. More and more evidence is piling up, putting the naysayers to rest about the legitimacy of the lab leak theory.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been at the epicenter of these debates, as many claimed that the theory was not based in reality. In fact, the mainstream media essentially called anyone who passed it along a racist. The Telegraph’s latest story on the matter, which was published over the weekend, paints the conversation in much more stark terms.
Their reports included a mention of the Wuhan wet markets, which were being blamed initially. However, the earliest reports pinned the spread of the virus on the presence of bats. There is just one problem with this theory: it is now being excluded from the research entirely. The Telegraph offered up further details:
“The first study, published in Scientific Reports, paints a vivid picture of the flourishing illegal wildlife trade in Wuhan. Between May 2017 and November 2019, some 47,000 wild animals from 38 species were sold across four markets in the city, including the Huanan market linked to an early cluster of cases.
The research, which initially intended to study the spread of a tick-borne disease in Wuhan, found several animals now known to be susceptible to Covid – such as civets, racoon dogs, badgers and mink – were consistently caged in cramped, unhygienic conditions before being sold and butchered. But pangolins and bats were not identified in market stalls.”
However, the Guardian also identified another study that lends credence to the bat theory. Let’s take a closer look at what they had to say about this particular bit of information:
“We describe a meta-transcriptomic study of 411 bat samples collected from a small geographical region in Yunnan province, China, between May 2019 and November 2020. We identified 24 full-length coronavirus genomes, including four novel SARS-CoV-2 related and three SARS-CoV related viruses. Rhinolophus pusillus virus RpYN06 was the closest relative of SARS-CoV-2 in most of the genome, although it possessed a more divergent spike gene.”
Those who are still not convinced by the lab leak theory are pointing to these studies as evidence that they are correct. To be fair, the Yunnan province is a long ways from Wuhan. This would seem to prove that the virus traveled to Wuhan by way of an infected animal. Perhaps the researchers arrived in this area and came to collect a sample? That cannot be ruled out, either.
Dr. Peter Daszak has been claiming that no live or dead bats were being kept at the Wuhan facility but Jim Geraghty at National Review is casting serious doubt on this point of view:
“For much of 2020, Peter Daszak — president of EcoHealth Alliance, longtime partner of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and one of the most staunch and outspoken critics of the lab-leak theory — insisted that there were no live bats within the Institute. He tweeted in December that, “No BATS ‘were sent to Wuhan lab for genetic analyses of viruses collected in the field’ That’s not how this science works. We collect bat samples, send them to the lab. We RELEASE bats where we catch them!” At some point, Daszak deleted his tweets making that assertion, but if he ever publicly admitted he was wrong, he was awfully quiet about it.
The counterevidence for Daszak’s claim has been piling up for a while now, even before this video.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology reportedly filed patents for bat cages. Multiple accounts of WIV staff described bringing at least a handful of live bats back to the lab for further study. As one Chinese Academy of Science website described it, “Founded in 1956, Wuhan Institute of Virology is a comprehensive research institution specializing in basic virology research and related technological innovation. The institute currently has 3 sets of barrier facilities with a facility scale of 1,216 square meters. The facility has 126 cages for Japanese white rabbits, 340 cages for SD and Wistar rats, inbred strains, closed groups, mutant strains, and genetically engineered mice. There are 3,268 cages, 12 ferrets, 12 bats, and 2 species of cotton bollworm and beet armyworm, totaling 52 strains.”
The latest news points in both directions. One thing is for sure: Dr. Fauci has some serious explaining to do!