Anthony Stephen Fauci, leading epidemic of the United States of America, at the top of the US task force on Covid-19, a presidential trusted man in the management of the pandemic, as reported by the Financial Times, asked China for the medical records of nine people who could associate the birth of the virus with the now famous institute of Wuhan virology. “I’d like to see the medical records of people who got sick. Were they really sick and, if so, with what? ‘ The clinical data Fauci talks about concerns three laboratory researchers, who fell ill in November 2019, and six miners – three of whom died – who had suffered severe flu symptoms after visiting a bat cave in 2012. in the Chinese province of Yunnan. In the same cave, which according to the hypotheses could have acted as a sort of incubator, scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology then took samples of the virus from some bats.
The virologist, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has always, the last time just yesterday in an interview with CNN, proven firm supporter of the natural origin of the virus, and he nevertheless stressed that, even if the infection of the three researchers from the Wuhan laboratory were confirmed, they could still have contracted Covid-19 from the population. However, lately the theory of the spillover (i.e. the jump of the virus from one species to another until it reaches humans) is still faltering, especially in the US intelligence circles, which are examining the report of researchers from the Chinese virology institute to make light on the cases of the three researchers of the facility.
China categorically rejects the requests to release the files of the three researchers. It is precisely this reluctance, according to the American secret services, to fuel the “theory of the laboratory”, according to which the pathogen would have escaped by mistake from the Wuhan institute. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin dusted off a statement released by the head of the Wuhan laboratory, Shi Zhengli, on 23 March in which he stated that, before 30 December 2019, the date of the WHO alarm on the presence of a new coronavirus, “the Wuhan institute had not been exposed, and there had been no cases of infection among staff and students “. The spokesman then recalled the investigations carried out at the beginning of 2021 by Chinese experts and the World Health Organization, according to which, after “thorough and frank discussions”, the hypothesis of a laboratory accident is to be considered “extremely unlikely” . Finally Wenbin upped the ante, inviting the United States to “give an explanation of their more than two hundred bio-laboratories around the world, including that of Fort Detrick”, which has long been at the center of Chinese speculations on the origin of the virus. .
In this way the question takes on an inevitable political hue, fueling an already well advanced clash on the economic-commercial level. While it could have been thought that it was part of Trump’s anti-Chinese propaganda, now there is confirmation that even with the Biden administration, the diatribe around the origin of the Sars-Cov-2 virus does not tend to subside. The addition of the biological dimension to the current geopolitical tensions had already been a reason for international alert before the outbreak of the pandemic. To compete with the major world powers, China has focused on the development of its first maximum safety bacteriological laboratory (Bio-Safety Level 4), raising some doubts about its ability to manage such a complex structure within the scientific community. as reported in this article in the journal Nature. The outbreak of the pandemic has inevitably put the spotlight on this laboratory, where the most dangerous pathogens in the world are studied, dangerously engaging in a tug-of-war between the two major world superpowers.