Now, there appears to be some confirmation that the virus, while perhaps not a ‘weapon,’ per se, was indeed manufactured, and this revelation comes on the heels of a White House request to ask scientists to probe the origin of the disease.
AS ABC News reported earlier this month, the Trump administration directed U.S. scientists and medical researchers to find out more about where the virus actually came from as rumors spread over the Internet that it could be the result of some nefarious Chinese plan.
The network reported:
The director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in a letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, requested that scientific experts "rapidly" look into the origins of the virus in order to address both the current spread and "to inform future outbreak preparation and better understand animal/human and environmental transmission aspects of coronaviruses.”
While there are no indications the White House believed the reports of a weaponized virus, clearly there was enough concern among officials to find out if China — and, by default, the rest of the world — was dealing with something other than a hypersonic version of the ‘flu.’
Shortly thereafter, Sen. Tom Cotton, (R-Ark.), a former Army infantry officer and combat veteran, also suggested that “maybe the coronavirus was manmade.”
According to a paper by a pair of Chinese scientists — who, according to Harvard To The Big House — have since deleted their online profiles, it appears as though the virus may indeed have been ‘manufactured.’
According to a pre-print of the research paper published by Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao titled, "The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus,” “In summary, somebody was entangled with the evolution of 2019-nCoV coronavirus. In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”
A smoking gun conclusion if there ever was one.
The report and its conclusions, according to Harvard To The Big House, “is the product of a collaboration between a retired professional scientist” with more than three decades’ worth of experience in genome sequencing and analysis, who also helped design “several…bioinformatic software tools,” as well as a former NSA counterterrorism analyst.
The researchers attempt to determine if the Wuhan coronavirus is simply the result of a naturally emergent mutation (from an animal to humans) “against the possibility that it may be a bioengineered strain meant for defensive immunotherapy protocols that was released into the public,” most probably by mistake or accident. That’s possible, the researchers note, because “China’s rate of occupational accidents is about ten-times higher than America’s, and some twenty-times more than Europe’s,” the only other regions on the planet where there are high-level virology laboratories.
Initially, it was reported that the current strain may have mutated to humans from bats, but as the researchers noted, the outbreak began in late December when most of the Wuhan region’s bat species are in hibernation.
Also, the Chinese horseshoe bat’s habitat is massive — covering a region filled with scores of cities and hundreds of millions of people. And yet, ground zero for the outbreak happened to be close to the only BSL-4 virology lab in China, which is located in Wuhan City, home to 11 million people.
Notably, the lab “was staffed with at least two Chinese scientists – Zhengli Shi and Xing-Yi Ge – both virologists who had previously worked at an American lab which already bio-engineered an incredibly virulent strain of bat coronavirus,” Harvard To The Big House noted.
In short, Wuhan coronavirus may not be a bioweapon but it certainly appears not to have simply occurred naturally.