After Chinese scientists posted a draft genome of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the disease culprit in Wuhan, Vaxine-Chairman Nikolai Petrovksy directed his colleagues in Australia to run computer modeling studies of the viral sequence. The results were clear: the spike proteins studding SARS-CoV-2 bound more tightly to their human cell receptor, a protein called ACE2, than target receptors on any other species evaluated. In other words, SARS-CoV-2 was well adapted to its human prey, which is unusual for a newly emerging pathogen. To Petroski who has designed numerous vaccines for other viruses this was startiling but even moreso, unnerving.
While the Chinese authorities were downplaying the pneumonia cases coming out of China, and theWHO World Health Organization was saying there “is nothing to worry about” residents of those towns were posting about “bodies being stretchered out of houses in Wuhan and police bolting apartment doors shut.”
Just when scientists began an investigation into the origins The Lancet released a statement, signed by more than 20 scientists, condemning any hypetheses except those pointing to ‘natural origins’ , judging the others to be out of fear and prejudice.
SINOPHOBIA THE BUZZWORD
Stanford University microbiologist David Relman : “a fair and dispassionate discussion of the facts as we know them (never occurred)” Those who took the investigation seriously were denounced as conspiracy theorists, their research quickly censored out. Sinophobic sentiments and alleged attacks on Asian-Americans gave head officials the justification they needed to squelch opposing viewpoints.
The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan is where the mainstream initially reported the cluster of covid-19 was first detected. Subsequent evidence showed that the infection was present elsewhere for upwards of half a year prior to the Hunan Seafood Market. The wildlife farm in southern China and possible links to virus contaminated frozen meat. The escape from the lab scenario isn’t as far fetched as the media would have you think. Breaches of safety regulations are probable cause of recent SARS outbreak, WHO says (nih.gov) are said to have caused the previous SARS outbreak. The Wuhan Lab at the center of current controversy was given China’s highest level of Biosafety just 4 years ago the same year that visiting American scientists sounded the alarm of inadequately trained technicians. The institute has also been denigrated for failing to report that nearly ten other coronaviruses were detected in samples taken from the mine where RaTG13 was first found back in 2012. The Wuhan Institute is home to The World’s Largest Collection of Coronaviruses. In March 2020 the US State Department disclosed information about collaborations on secret projects with China’s military a number of them took place at the Wuhan Lab. SARS-CoV-2 was not simply brought into the Wuhan lab but was somehow engineered there, given that many of those scientists perform genetic research on different COVID-SARS viruses. The virus also has a unique feature that makes the natural-wild origin theory more difficult to explain. The “furin cleavage site” in the spike protein that helps SARS-CoV-2 pry its way into human cells. This site is absent from all other SARS-CoV-2 closest relatives. “We don’t know where the furin site came from,” says Susan Weiss, a microbiologist at Penn Center.
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