Curse of the ‘Bat Woman’ — what went on in Wuhan lab?

Apr 19, 2020 by

As America puts the screws on Beijing, there is closer scrutiny of claims that the coronavirus leaked from a research centre

Curse of the ‘Bat Woman’ — what went on in Wuhan lab?
China’s “bat woman” was attending a conference with colleagues in Shanghai in late December when an urgent phone call came from her boss at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
People were falling sick from a mysterious new virus just a few miles from the institute. And Shi Zhengli, who had earned her nickname for her virus-hunting expeditions to bat caves, was summoned back to the central Chinese city to lead the laboratory’s investigations of samples taken from patients.
Momentum is now growing behind a theory that the laboratory itself — an internationally renowned centre of research — was the source of the coronavirus pandemic that has since claimed more than 150,000 lives and crippled the world economy.
That was what Shi reportedly feared, and US intelligence agencies are investigating while the Trump administration puts the screws on China. But what is the evidence? Is this another Chinese cover-up — or politicised “baloney” as one top US reseacher claims?
Shi is an acclaimed virologist who headed the team that traced the source of the lethal outbreak of Sars — another coronavirus — to horseshoe bats in southern China in 2002-03. She was a joint author of a research paper that warned last year that it was “highly likely” that future coronavirus outbreaks would originate from bats, and an “increased probability” that this would occur in China.

Source: Curse of the ‘Bat Woman’ — what went on in Wuhan lab? | News | The Sunday Times

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