Virological research institute
China has built a laboratory called the Institute of Virology Wuhan in the capital of Hubei Province. The institute was put into operation in 2017 with the most advanced and modern equipment. It is one of the only facilities to publicly research and deal with the most dangerous viruses, including Ebola and SARS.
Hypotheses suggest that because the Wuhan Institute of Virology is only 32 km from the Hoa Nam Seafood Market, it is very likely that there is a connection between the mysterious appearance of corona virus and this laboratory.
Currently, scientists believe that the virus has mutated and caused illness through human-animal contact at the market. Up to this point, “there is no concrete evidence yet” to suggest that the biological laboratory in Wuhan is the source of China’s disease crisis.
Protective clothing in BSL-4 biological laboratory.
Daily Mail said the institute in Wuhan was designed to meet BSL-4 – the highest level of biosafety standards. Accordingly, BSL-4 laboratories must be equipped with air-tight protective suits and special working spaces to “trap” viruses and bacteria that can be transmitted through the air. Students must also use high-class gloves when working in this environment.
There are currently only 54 laboratories meeting the BSL-4 standard in the world. When opened in 2017, the Wuhan Institute of Virology started projects with viruses at the BSL-3 threshold, including Crimea-Congo hemorrhagic fever or SARS virus, with a mortality rate of 10- 40% for cases.
In January 2018, the laboratory began researching BSL-4 virus strains. No one knows the location of the experiment, and most research programs are not publicly available.
Secret weapons program?
Dany Shoman, a former Israeli military intelligence expert who studied Chinese biological warfare, said the institute may have been involved in China’s secret biological weapons program.
“Certain institutes in the institute may be involved in the Chinese bio-weapons program. The study of biological weapons is part of the research for civilian – military use and certainty. will be very secret “.
Mr. Shoham holds a PhD in the field of medical microbiology. From 1970 to 1991, he was a senior analyst of Israeli military intelligence on biochemical warfare in the Middle East and globally.
China has always denied having a biological weapons program. However, in a report last year, the US Department of State expressed doubts about China’s involvement in the development of a biological warfare program.
“The information shows that China has activities related to its biological research program. This is a concern for China’s compliance with the Biological Weapon Convention (BWC),” written report.
In addition, Chinese authorities have yet to identify the source of the new strain of corona virus, which is causing many patients to die in recent days.
Wuhan Institute of Virology has studied corona virus in the past, including strains similar to SARS, H5N1, Japanese encephalitis and dengue fever.
“Corona virus (especially SARS) has been studied at this institute and is likely to be kept there. It’s not clear whether the SARS virus is part of China’s bio-weapons program, but that is exactly what it is. may,” he said.
Shoham said doubts were raised when the Wuhan Institute of Virology received many virus samples from Chinese researchers working in Canada.
Among the returned viruses are the world’s most dangerous viruses, including Ebola. In addition, Mr. Shoham added a number of laboratories inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology “is related to PLA troops and the Ministry of Defense’s biological weapons programs.”.