Roland Wiesendanger, a professor at the Institute for Nanostructures at the University of Hamburg, based on an analysis of various studies and articles on the coronavirus, concluded that the source of the origin of COVID-19 was a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The famous German physicist gave a number of arguments to support his version, Deutsche Welle reports. First, reminds Professor Wiesendanger, an intermediate link has not yet been established through which the virus was transmitted from bats to humans. Secondly, the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been conducting experiments with coronaviruses for many years. Thirdly, even before the pandemic, large deficiencies in the safety of working conditions at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were documented.
Recall that the other day, a member of the international team of experts sent by WHO to Wuhan to study the question of the origin of the coronavirus, British-American scientist Peter Dassak said that the theory that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was created in the laboratory was ruled out by experts as not deserving further study.
However, in an interview with ZDF, Dr. Wiesendanger stated: “I’m 99.9 percent sure the coronavirus came from a laboratory.” At the same time, the scientist admits that his theory is based on “circumstantial evidence” and indicates that the natural carrier of COVID-19 has not yet been found.
According to a press release published on the website of the University of Hamburg, the survey was carried out by Professor Roland Wiesendanger from January 2020 to December 2020. The scientist’s conclusions are based on an interdisciplinary scientific approach, as well as extensive research using various sources of information (this includes scientific literature, articles in print and online media, as well as personal communication with foreign colleagues).
And these are the conclusions reached by Professor Roland Wiesendanger. Unlike more past epidemics associated with coronavirus such as SARS and MERS, to this day – more than a year after the onset of the current pandemic – it is impossible to identify a single intermediate host animal that could facilitate the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 pathogens from bats to man. Therefore, the theory of zoonosis as a possible explanation for the pandemic does not have a solid scientific basis, the German scientist believes.
The SARS-CoV-2 viruses can bind surprisingly well to human cell receptors and enter human cells. This is made possible thanks to special cell receptor binding domains linked to a special cleavage site (furin) of the coronavirus spike protein. Both of these properties together were previously unknown in coronaviruses and indicate the unnatural origin of the pathogen SARS-CoV-2, says Professor Wiesendanger.
Bats were not sold at a market in downtown Wuhan, the scientist said. However, the Wuhan Virology Institute has one of the world’s largest collections of bat pathogens that originate from remote caves in the southern provinces of China. It is highly unlikely that bats naturally made it to Wuhan over a distance of almost 2,000 km and then provoked a global pandemic in the immediate vicinity of this virological institute, Roland Wiesendanger believes.
The research team of the Virology Institute in Wuhan has been genetically manipulating coronaviruses for years to make them more infectious, dangerous and deadly to humans. This, as the German professor points out, is evidenced by numerous publications in the special scientific literature.
Even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, there were significant security deficiencies at the Virology Institute in Wuhan that have been documented.
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There are many direct indications of the laboratory origin of the pathogen SARS-CoV-2, Professor Wiesendanger is sure. In particular, there is information that a young scientist from the Virology Institute in Wuhan was the first to become infected. Also, according to this version, there is numerous evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen spread from the Virological Institute in Wuhan and beyond as early as October 2019. In addition, there are indications of a corresponding investigation of the Virological Institute by the Chinese authorities in the first half of October 2019.
“The current coronavirus pandemic not only dominates the headlines, but will keep us on our toes for years to come – not least because of its social and economic impact,” says Professor Roland Wiesendanger. – It is clear that the fight against the coronavirus crisis and the fight against it have been in the spotlight of politicians and the media for several months. However, even today, critical, scientifically sound research into the origin of the current pandemic is of great importance, because only on the basis of this knowledge can adequate precautions be taken to minimize the likelihood of similar pandemics in the future. ”
Professor Roland Wiesendanger’s study was completed in January 2021 and was initially disseminated and discussed in academia. The purpose of publishing his findings, it is argued, is to stimulate widespread debate, in particular regarding the ethical aspects of so-called “functionality enhancement” studies that make pathogens more infectious, dangerous and deadly to humans. “This can no longer be the case of just a small group of scientists, but should urgently become the subject of public debate,” says the study’s author.
Dr. Wiesendanger’s findings were criticized by some in the scientific community, who noted that YouTube videos and newspaper articles were cited as sources for his research. They also point out that Professor Wiesendanger is a physicist, not a virus specialist.