Chinese scientists have reportedly been working on a strain of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, or coronavirus, from bats that is even more deadly to humans. The team of experts located in Wuhan, the epicenter of the pandemic, pointed out that it was necessary to know how to deal with a hypothetical outbreak of the CCP Virus.
According to Express UK, the experiment was disallowed by a large part of the scientific community because of dangerous it is. However, it continued and as a result of the shortage of trained professionals and technicians at the Wuhan laboratory facility, the failed experiment ended up spreading the outbreak.
The secrecy of the information handled by the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) increases speculation about the origin of the virus, even though the CCP denies any link to the outbreak and the laboratory claims that high security measures prevent it from even being considered.
However, in 2004 several people were infected with the SARS after an incident at the National Institute of Virology in Beijing, China.
As The Atlantic pointed out, evidence of a deadly coronavirus pandemic had been building over the years, and experts who specialize in studying it and the many pathogens that can cross with humans and cause various diseases struggled to convince a wider audience of the risk.
Shi Zhengli, a senior researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, known as ‘Bat Woman’ for her specialization in coronavirus research on bats, spent several years collecting samples from bats and with her team conducted controversial experiments.
As Express UK indicated, the researchers studied several species of bats in Yunnan Province, about 1,609 kilometers from the laboratory that is considered a world center for the storage of different types of coronavirus.
The study was controversial because of its potential to convert bat coronaviruses into human pathogens capable of triggering a pandemic, so the U.S. government finally decided to suspend funding for a one-year research project in China.
Between 2015 and 2017 Shi worked on “gain of function” research in which she addressed the possibilities for improving the ability of pathogens to cause disease.
Deenan Pillay, a professor of virology at University College London, said, “The debate is whether in fact you learn more by helping to develop vaccines or even drugs by replicating a more virulent virus than currently exists, versus not doing that.”
According to Express UK, in January 2018 a delegation of scientists with diplomatic status was sent from the U.S. Embassy in Wuhan to find out what was happening at the Wuhan lab.
One of the cables from the diplomats sent to China states, “The researchers also showed that several SARS-like coronaviruses can interact with ACE2, the human receptor identified for the SARS coronavirus. This finding suggests that bat-like coronaviruses can be transmitted to humans to cause a SARS-like disease.
“During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory,” the cable added.