(Tea Party 247) – The Wuhan Institute of Virology is, as it sounds, a lab that studies viruses in the center of Wuhan, China.
You may not have heard of Wuhan, China, until earlier this year, when the novel disease caused by a coronavirus, COVID-19, emerged in the city center.
The Chinese Communist Party authorities told us (and they told us a lot of things back in those pre-pandemic days) that the virus originated in a bat eaten by a human at a nearby wet market.
The WIV, which has been the recipient of grants from the Obama administration in the US (by the way), just so happened to be studying coronaviruses at the time.
It has been widely believed among American intelligence agencies that the virus likely leaked from the WIV, because, well, common sense. And plenty of intelligence as well.
Now, however, the director of the notorious lab is complaining that they were made scapegoats for the pandemic.
In an interview with NBC news Monday, the level 4 bio lab’s director Wang Yany and vice director Yuan Zhiming said that the lab has been unfairly made the centre of dangerous ‘conspiracy theories’, following US intelligence suggestions that it could have been the origin for the viral spread.
“It is unfortunate that we have been targeted as a scapegoat for the origin of the virus,” Wang said, adding that “Any person would inevitably feel very angry or misunderstood being subject to unwarranted or malicious accusations while carrying out research and related work in the fight against the virus.”
“I have repeatedly emphasized that it was on Dec. 30 that we got contact with the samples of SARS-like pneumonia or pneumonia of unknown cause sent from the hospital,” Yuan added.
“We have not encountered the novel coronavirus before that, and without this virus, there is no way that it is leaked from the lab,” the scientist claimed.
It had emerged previously that the lab had a coronavirus sample that was 96.2% similar to COVID-19 for almost a decade. This is what prompted speculation for the origins of the virus.
Reports have also suggested that the WIV took a shipment of some of the deadliest pathogens in the world just weeks before the coronavirus outbreak.
Newswars also notes that the lab was purportedly trying to manipulate natural pathogens to make them deadlier.
Intelligence officials and scientists alike around the world have called for an investigation into the WIV.
Chinese virologists recently fled Hong Kong and effectively defected to the West with evidence against the Chinese Communist Party concerning its role in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WHO previously complained that it had ‘not been invited’ by China to investigate the outbreak, and has continually been criticised for propping up Communist Party talking points.
Last month the WHO announced that it will not be visiting the Wuhan Institute of Virology during its investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, despite the evidence outlined.