Chinese virologist Shi Zheng Li, who has studied the origin of the coronavirus in SARS-like bats, said the virus everyone now knows is just “the tip of the iceberg.” Shi works at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, an institution that, in light of international criticism blaming the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for spreading the virus, has aligned itself with its misleading narrative.
Although there are now a growing number of reports denying the natural origin of the CCP Virus, in an interview on Monday May, 25, with state-run television station CGTN, Shi said an international effort is needed to prevent similar outbreaks of infection and that knowledge of viruses carried by wild animals was necessary.
Shi’s recent warnings gave rise to even more suspicions about the CCP’s intentions amid the pandemic after she was the target of numerous criticisms. She did managed to decode the virus strain in three days in December last year.
As reported by the International Business Times, Shi’s discovery could have been very useful in the early development of diagnostic tests as well as vaccines to treat the disease.
Following her findings, Shi confessed that after communicating from a conference she had attended last year to research new unidentified diseases, she was fearful about the possibility that the CCP Virus had escaped from the laboratory.
Rumors began to circulate on social networks that Shi had at one point been pressured to discard the reports she had prepared, being forced to flee with several confidential documents to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, although later she herself denied the information through WeChat.
“No matter how difficult things are, it (defecting) shall never happen. We’ve done nothing wrong. With a strong belief in science, we will see the day when the clouds disperse and the sun shines,” wrote Shi.
Gao Yu, a reporter who interviewed Shi, said, “We learned later her institute finished gene-sequencing and related tests as early as January 2 but was muzzled.”
Amid the controversy over Shi’s statements, a 15-page intelligence report obtained by the Australian newspaper Saturday Telegraph was released, which points to the silencing of several doctors by the CCP who tried to talk about the virus.
The document also indicates that important evidence was destroyed and doctors working on a vaccine were denied access to samples. According to the declassified file, the CCP began censorship on Dec. 31 of last year.
The CCP has at the same time reinforced the idea that the virus did not come from the Wuhan lab after Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said this month that the Wuhan Virology Institute was not the source of the outbreak after reviews of the facility were conducted, The Washington Times reported.
But amid the global alarm generated by the pandemic, more studies and statements by medical experts have gradually come to light that suggest the CCP Virus may have had an artificial source.
In April, Richard H. Height, a well-known molecular biologist whose expertise on the CCP Virus has been highlighted several times by the Washington Post and MSNBC, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that there was a high probability that the virus had leaked from a laboratory accident.
A recent study by a group of Australian scientists investigating a cure for the CCP Virus found “a remarkable coincidence or a sign of human intervention.”
The findings made by the scientists led by Dr. Nikolai Petrovsky of the University of Flinders, Australia, were observed after analyzing high-throughput computer models to study the virus’s ability to attack 12 varieties of exotic and domestic animals.
“The results clearly show that the COVID-19 virus is exquisitely adapted to infect humans,” Petrovsky said.