The German scientist says he is 99.9 percent certain that the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan laboratory after the WHO rejected the theory
- The German physicist says he is 99.9 percent sure that the coronavirus leaked from a laboratory
- Dr. Roland Wiesendanger says the failure of scientists to detect a host animal, as well as safety deficiencies in the laboratory, convinced him of the leak theory
- But others have criticized his “research” and said it had no scientific basis
- Comes after WHO denies the option, saying it is “extremely unlikely”
A German scientist says he is 99.9 percent certain that the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan research laboratory.
Dr. Roland Wiesendanger, a physicist at the University of Hamburg, has published a 100-page paper claiming it was evidence of a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the city where the pandemic began.
The professor says the fact that no animal host was found, safety concerns about the laboratory, and the fact that researchers were involved in controversial “gain in function” research to make viruses more contagious to humans confirm his view.
But others have criticized his “research” – it was unscientific, based on newspaper reports and YouTube videos as sources, and indicated that he was not a virus expert.
His article was published just 10 days after WHO scientists asked to investigate the origins of Covid in Wuhan.
Dr. Roland Wiesendanger, a physicist at the University of Hamburg, insists that he is 99.9 percent certain that the coronavirus has leaked from a laboratory and has published a 100-page paper on it
Dr. Wiesendanger argues that no natural host has been found for Covid and safety concerns about the Wuhan Institute of Virology (picture) suggest that the virus leaked from there
Dr. Wiesendanger openly admitted to German media that he has no “scientific basis” to assume that the virus escaped from the Wuhan laboratory.
However, he insisted that there is ample evidence to suggest that a laboratory leak is the most likely explanation.
I am 99.9 percent sure that the corona virus came from the laboratory, ”he told the German newspaper ZDF.
Among the evidence that Dr. Wiesendanger puts forward the fact that despite China’s insistence on thorough searches, a natural host for the virus has not yet been found.
Covid’s closest relative in nature is a coronavirus found in bats in a mine in Mojiang in 2012 and referred to as RaTG13 by researchers.
Dr. Wiesendanger points out that these bats live about 1,200 miles from Wuhan, which means they are unlikely to have transmitted the virus to the city.
WHO scientists also pointed out in their own report that contact between Wuhan citizens and bats is unusual.
While WHO researchers conclude that the virus must have jumped to a secondary host that will come into contact with humans before jumping, Dr. Wiesendanger a different way.
WHO scientists, led by Peter Embarek, insist that laboratory leak theories are “extremely unlikely” and have not called for further investigation into these theories
He argues that the most logical way for the coronavirus to reach Wuhan was through samples collected at the Wuhan Institute of Virology for research purposes.
He says the virus was then adapted by people in what is known as “gain in function” research to make it more contagious and potentially deadly.
Dr. Wiesendanger points to evidence showing Covid is well suited to infect and multiply human cells as a reason to believe it.
He says safety concerns about the laboratory before the pandemic started indicate that a leak would have been possible, and goes on to claim that scientists working at the institute were among the earliest infections.
He argues that his article is not intended for the scientific community but is intended to spark a public debate – particularly about “gain in function” research, which some scientists believe should be banned because of the risks involved.
The conclusions of Dr. Wiesendanger agrees with some US officials who have argued that a laboratory leak is the “most credible” explanation for the pandemic.
The WHO researchers, led by Dr. However, Peter Embarek, an expert in leaping viruses from animals to humans, disagree.
After Dr. Embarek had visited the Wuhan Institute at the Center of Leak Theories, he said it was “extremely unlikely” that the virus had leaked and did not request further investigation of the theory.
This attitude has since been followed by WHO chief Dr. Tedros, who insisted that all theories remain on the table, although it is unclear whether or how he suggests investigating laboratory leaks further.