MYSTERY surrounds a bat-infested cave in China where a Covid-like virus may have killed three miners in 2012 before sending the sample to the Wuhan lab at the center of the leaked allegations. .
Guarded by Chinese police and sealed from the outside world, this former copper mine in Mojiang about 1118 kilometers away from Wuhan could have been a smoking gun at the start of the pandemic.
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The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) – a high -security lab that monitors coronaviruses – is in the eye of the storm as questions rage as to whether Covid may have originally left their campus.
China and lab angrily denying any allegations, but a recent studies have suggested that the virus appears to have been manipulated and United States President Joe Biden ordered his spies to “double down” their investigations.
However, Covid’s story could be traced back to the very best part of a decade – which could have been a copper mine in Yunnan’s mountainous and forested region in April 2012.
A team of miners was given the job of cleaning up the empty barn that had been infested with barking horses.
The men found themselves licking knee -length manure folds – a resistant combination of bat thorns and urine.
And within weeks, three of the men had died.
The miners fell into a mystery infection that left them with similar symptoms such as pneumonia, hacking cough and high temperature-the same symptoms that we now know as Covid.
The deadly infection has largely flown under the radar beyond many Western reports, such as a 2014 article in Science that asked “China’s New Killer Virus?“.
The deaths never got much attention more than that, until Covid suddenly emerged as a once in a hundred global pandemics that to date have killed 3.5 million people.
Questions began to be asked as to where the new coronavirus came from as China reported the first cases in Wuhan to the World Health Organization in December 2019.
And the eyes quickly turned to biosecurity level 4 lab, WIV.
Virus samples from cave-roosting bats were found to be transmitted by WIV, and one of the nine viruses identified had a 96.2 percent march for SARS-CoV2.
The virus – extracted from the anus of a horse horse – is nearly ten mutations away from Covid, and at the farthest it is known relative.
While nothing has been proven to be in the old political fold, it raises questions as to the relationship between the Mojiang and Covid miners.
The Sunday Times Chinese researchers reportedly were unable to get any media reports about the miners ’deaths – suggesting a media blackout or a cover -up.
Yet there is substantial evidence that there is a thesis on a young medicine man named Li Xu.
Li wrote a paper about the infections, and while he couldn’t say what exactly killed them, he argued that it might have been a coronavirus from a bat.
“Research on mine bats where six miners worked and subsequently suffered severe pneumonia caused by an unknown virus has been made important is an important research topic,” he said.
And it’s exactly this kind of research that’s done when WIV samples are shipped.
The virus that could have killed miners is only one of 100 believed to be stored in the lab, but there are still missing important databases the world doesn’t know for sure what else they want.
What do we know about the Wuhan Institute of Virology?
The WUHAN Institute of Virology is the highest security lab of its kind in all of China-and can be found in the midst of the onset of a worldwide pandemic.
Various theories revolve around the lab, which is led by Chinese scientist Dr Shi Zhengli, known as “Bat Woman”.
Most scientists do not believe that the virus was released from the lab, and the lab itself has categorically denied it.
The lab specializes in bat -borne viruses and has been bringing experiences to them since 2015.
Airlocks, full body suit, and chemical shower are required before entering and exiting the lab-the first in China to be accredited at biosafety level 4 (BSL-4).
BSL-4 labs are the only places in the world where scientists can study diseases without a cure.
The scientists from the lab even tested mysteriously
The virus that killed three miners 1,000 thousand fires in Yunnan province in 2012.
It has been suggested that this deadly mystery bug may be the true origin of Covid-19.
Lab experts also developed a new class of hybrid ‘super-virus’ that can infect humans in 2015, according to the medical journal Natural Medicine
Despite the fears surrounding the research, the study was designed to show the risk of viruses carried by bats that could be transmitted to humans.
There is no suggestion the work on the 2015 facility is linked to the pandemic.
The lab also recruited new scientists to test for coronaviruses in bats just seven days before the outbreak.
China began tightening security around its biolabs with President Xi Jinping saying it was a “national security” issue to improve science security at a meeting in February.
WIV is known to be carrying out usable research – experiments designed to stifle viruses to make them more contagious – with the U.S. -funded EcoHealth Alliance.
The theory continues: could it be that the virus that killed the men in Mojiang was manipulated and modified into what we know as Covid, before being accidentally allowed to escape a lab accident?
The world is not sure to know.
But the investigation began in China, with questions about the facility’s lab safety as previously claimed by researchers. bitten and sprinkled with bat blood.
Even if condemned as a “conspiracy theory” last year, the possibility of the pandemic being caused by a lab leak has been even more prevalent in recent weeks.
And the answers could be hard to come by from the Mojiang mine, with reporters visiting the area being leveled up by Chinese government agents and turned away by police.
Associated Press Reporters who visited the site in November 2020 encountered roadblocks as the mine became a black information hole.
BBC News Their reporters were also seen being stopped by police because they were told to return on their way to Yunnan.
It came out this week that Boris Johnson is announced a possible source of lab infiltration for Covid in April 2020.
The bizarre revelation shows how seriously the possibility is taken, despite the narrative being firmly dismissed in the early days of the pandemic by scientists and politicians.
China has long been accused of covering up or distorting its role in the early days of the pandemic, with claims that the Communist Party manipulated the case and death toll while withholding information from the WHO.
But the evidence base is growing, and anyone who orders a fresh investigation after its first attempt is ridiculed and accused of being a “whitewash”.
Beijing was also hit as US President Biden this week as it accused him of playing politics by squandering the idea of a lab leak.
His successor Donald Trump has always suggested in the last months of his term that the virus is from WIV – and insists The US has concrete evidence.
And his former medical advice Dr Anthony Fauci made his own reception that he was no longer convinced that Covid had naturally started and called for a full investigation.
It turned out this week Wuhan lab staff were ill and needed weeks of hospital care before China admitted it was facing an outbreak.
Citing an previously disclosed U.S. intelligence report, the Wall Street Journal The dossier revealed fresh details and admitted that lab workers fell ill in November.
A spokesman for the National Security Council said the Biden administration continues to have “serious questions about the earliest days of the pandemic, including its origins within the People’s Republic of China”.
Meanwhile, it turns out that China investigates coronavirus weapons about five years before the shot.
Now there is no evidence to suggest that the virus was intentionally released in China.