Biological warfare has been a threat to mankind for almost a century. Many have theorized about some country weaponizing Ebola. And several suspense novels have been written about super heroes stopping such attempts.
This morning on Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday Morning Futures show Senator Tom Cotton reported that the coronavirus did not start in Wuhan Animal Market, as originally reported. The Daily Mail in the United Kingdom reported that the virus probably started in a government research facility that is 300 yards from the market.
These two reports contribute to the growing body of theories that the virus did not originate from a natural situation. Was this a biological weapon gone astray?
Senator Tom Cotton told Maria: “Here is what we do know: This virus did not originate in the Wuhan animal market. Epidemiologists who are widely respected from China published a study in the international journal Lancet have demonstrated that several of the original cases did NOT have any contact with that food market. The virus went into that food market before it came out of that food market. So we don’t know where it originated… We also know that only a few miles away from that market is China’s only bio-safety Level Four Super Laboratory that researches human infectious diseases.
The Daily Mail report is based upon the same source as Senator Cotton’s. It reports that Chinese scientists believe the deadly coronavirus may have started life in a research facility just 300 yards from the Wuhan fish market. A new bombshell paper from the Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology says that the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (WHCDC) could have spawned the contagion in Hubei province.
‘The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus,’ penned by scholars Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao claims the WHCDC kept disease-ridden animals in laboratories, including 605 bats.
It also mentions that bats – which are linked to coronavirus – once attacked a researcher and ‘blood of bat was on his skin.’ The report says: ‘Genome sequences from patients were 96% or 89% identical to the Bat CoV ZC45 coronavirus originally found in Rhinolophus affinis (intermediate horseshoe bat).’
It describes how the only native bats are found around 600 miles away from the Wuhan seafood market and that the probability of bats flying from Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces was minimal. In addition it is noted that there is little to suggest the local populace eat the bats as evidenced by testimonies of 31 residents and 28 visitors. Instead the authors point to research being carried out within a few hundred yards at the WHCDC.
It is now too late for a super hero to save the day. The super hero may turn out to be the weather. Virus usually fade during spring and summer’s warmer weather. Unfortunately not enough is known about the coronavirus to ascertain that it will suffer a similar fate. Should the weather prevent a pandemic we can only hope that an immunization will be available before the virus emerges from weather induced hibernation.
Returning to the conspiracy theory, the publication of remarks coming out of the central Chinese leadership substantiates that the leadership was concerned about the contagion much earlier than previously reported. This information is used to substantiate that the Chinese government knew that it had a problem on its hands earlier than previously reported.
One cannot imagine a better experiment than what is happening in Wuhan and the rest of the world. Data will abound after this virus has been contained. Data on how to spread the virus on one hand and how to contain it and treat it on the other. This suggests that the next time the spread of the disease could be much quicker and more deadly.
We can only hope that China allows western researchers access to all of the data that the government must be gathering as it seeks to contain the virus. So far the Chinese have denied western representatives of the Center for Disease Control and other such organizations access to the source of the virus. The amount of access in and of itself will go a long way to confirming or denying all conspiracy theories.