The head of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Yuan Zhiming, said in an interview with CGTN that there is no evidence of any man made origin of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The scientist came to the corresponding conclusions on the basis of his own understanding of virology.
“Some scientists believe that extraordinary intelligence and workload are required for the synthesis of the virus. Therefore, I will never believe that we humans can now synthesize such a virus.”
The expert drew attention to the fact that the infection could not “leave” the institute where he works, because the institution has a strict monitoring and control system, and employees act according to the regulations, conducting research.
“In fact, as people who carry out virus studies, we clearly know what kind of virus research is going on in the institute and how the institute manages viruses and samples. As we said early on, there’s no way this virus came out from us— We have a strict regulatory regime, we have a code of conduct for research, so we are confident of that.”
Yuan Zhiming also shared his opinion on where the assumptions about an artificial virus might have come about.
According to Zhiming, people have an association with the fact that the Institute of Virology and the BSL-4 laboratory are located in Wuhan and the virus also originated in Wuhan.
In addition, Zhiming recalled accusations by US Senator Tom Cotton that a new type of virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“There is no evidence, all this is based on speculation,” the scientist emphasized.
He suggested that this could be done in order to confuse people, interfere with anti-epidemic activities or even scientific activities of the institute. Zhiming explained that he had been engaged in ensuring the biological safety of the laboratory for a long time and knew that this was not possible.