On Sunday, London's The Sunday Times reported that the UK intelligence service changed its mind about the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which caused the COVID-19 pandemic that is still raging around the world. Now analysts believe that the theory of its laboratory origin is plausible.
The publication claims that Western intelligence agencies, including the British, considered this option unlikely. The opinions of scientists who claimed the laboratory origin of the virus were not given a go, they were not published even in scientific journals.
The British intelligence community, obviously, takes an example from overseas colleagues. At the end of last week, The New York Times published an article that the US special services have some data with which it may be possible to determine the source of the coronavirus. We can talk about such data as the movement of laboratory workers in Wuhan, China, and the nature of the spread of the coronavirus there.
And on Sunday, the Daily Caller reported: the wife of a virologist from the Wuhan laboratory died of COVID back in December 2019, before the first reported outbreaks of the disease. It was this death that was the first sign that the virus could spread among people.
Previously, it was generally accepted that the first cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the Wuhan вЂњHuananвЂќ market, where vegetables, seafood, and wild animal meat were sold. The market closed on January 1, 2020.
Scientists have not yet come to a clear conclusion about the role that this market played in the spread of the virus. The source of information about the death of the virologist's wife, the Daily Caller calls a former employee of the US State Department, David Asher, who was investigating the origin of COVID-19.
This series of messages can be interpreted in two ways either as real indications that SARS-CoV-2 was synthesized in the laboratories of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, or as the fact that it still has a natural origin, but was contained in the same institute and for some reason вЂњleakedвЂќ from there. Note that last week in the Anglo-Saxon press again began to exaggerate the first version-about the virus as a product of molecular engineering.
The topic was submitted in the format вЂњBritish scientists provedвЂќ. According to the Daily Mail, Professor Angus Dalglish of the St George's University of London and his Norwegian colleague, virologist Birger Sorenson, claim that their colleagues from China took the basis of the coronavirus from cave bats, and then attached proteins to it to enter human cells. After that, Chinese scientists allegedly tried to вЂњcover their tracksвЂќ in such a way that all the evidence indicated the natural origin of the virus.
Dalglish also talks about the obstacles to publishing about the artificial origin of the virus, including in the authoritative British journal Nature. The article eventually appeared in Cambridge University's new quarterly journal QRB Discovery, with the main topic of the publication having to be changed, Dalglish complained.
The version of the leak from the laboratory of an artificial orвЂќ natural " virus, which is now being raised again on the shield, contradicts the conclusions made by experts of the World Health Organization (WHO). They visited Wuhan in February of this year. Dr. Peter Daszak, a member of the WHO international scientific team, confirmed the most common version: the infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 could have spread in China and Southeast Asia from bats.
The report of the expert mission noted that the laboratory origin of the virus is the least likely of the hypotheses considered. And the most likely scenario was considered, according to which there was a transmission of infection from an animal to another animal, and then to a person.
Immediately after the publication of the WHO mission report, the United States, Britain, several of their European NATO allies, as well as Israel, South Korea, and Japan (a total of 14 countries) expressed concern. Their joint statement claimed that the work of the experts was carried out with a significant delay, and the Chinese side did not guarantee them access to all the information and available samples.
The reaction to the WHO conclusions, the current series of publications of versions from scientists, and leaks from the special services remind us of last year's situation. At that time, President Donald Trump made direct and repeated accusations against the geopolitical and trade rival of the United States.
The State Department claimed that the US has evidence that China deliberately concealed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak. Beijing categorically denied all the accusations from Washington. Just as he rejects them now.
The current US President, Joe Biden, last week instructed US intelligence to redouble its efforts to collect data on the origin of COVID-19 and prepare a new report on this topic in 90 days.