Covid, what is the origin of the virus? The hypotheses compared, the US investigations and the (blocked) funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology

Covid, what is the origin of the virus? The hypotheses compared, the US investigations and the (blocked) funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology
Covid, what is the origin of the virus? The hypotheses compared, the US investigations and the (blocked) funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology

The story about the origin of the virus accelerated after the previously undisclosed US intelligence revelation in which it is claimed that severalWuhan Institute of Virology they had been hospitalized for a disease similar to Covid 19 in November 2019. US President Joe Biden then ordered a review of the dossier including the hypothesis of the laboratory accident. The latter, rejected with extreme conviction for a year, now appears less impossible. Also Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NHI), reiterated the Biden line “I think we should continue to investigate what happened in China” and added that “I am not convinced of the natural origin of the virus” . A doubt that is also evident from the immunologist’s private emails of 2020 published on the Washington Post, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act. An eventuality not shared by the WHO for which, “the virus is unlikely to come from a laboratory”. As it claims Marion Koopmans, the virologist on the team who was in Wuhan to investigate the origins of Covid.

The debate was also encouraged by the Daily Mail, which anticipates the conclusions of a research – which will be published shortly by the Quarterly Review of Biophysics Discovery -, and in which it is claimed that the coronavirus may have only been obtained in the laboratory “beyond a reasonable doubt”. The authors of the paper are the British oncologist Angus Dalgleish and the Norwegian virologist, Birger Sørensen. The two researchers claim to have established that the coronavirus was created in the course of GOF (coronavirus “gain-of-function”) experiments. “We think back-engineered viruses were created,” Dalgleish told DailyMail.com. I study – which had been rejected by the leading trade magazines – also supports the “deliberate destruction, concealment or contamination of data” in Chinese laboratories. On the opposite side there is one of the most authoritative Chinese researchers, Yiran Wu, of the School of Life Science and Technology, of Shanghai-Tech University, which analyzed the phylogenetic relationships of Sars2 proteins and mapped the evolution of the coronavirus family, supporting the natural hypothesis of the virus (also of furin).

The hypothesis that the Covid-19 virus ‘escaped’ from the Wuhan virology laboratory is “absolutely credible” and “it is important to try to acquire as much data as possible and understand what happened” to Guido Silvestri, lecturer at Emory University in Atlanta, arguing his thesis. “There is no – explains the virologist on Facebook – objective evidence or that the virus came naturally nor do we have evidence that it was a ‘leak’ from the Wuhan laboratory”. However, “if you do a close analysis of the virus sequence, there is a twelve-nucleotide zone of the spike protein that is particularly strange to explain by simply switching from one virus to another ”. Of a completely different opinion is Sergio Abrignani, immunologist at the State University of Milan and member of the CTS, “I don’t know if the virus was born in the laboratory, I don’t think it’s likely, for now I don’t believe it, but I’m waiting to see the data that would prove it. Honestly, however, as a doctor, immunologist and clinician, I cannot care less ”. The debate on the origin – natural or ‘artificial’ – of the pandemic pathogen has not led to a definitive univocal interpretation. It is necessary to analyze the individual pieces that make up the puzzle, since the beginning of the pandemic. This is what we will try to do.

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