“The coronavirus pandemic appeared to originate from a laboratory accident, based on biosafety issues in the epicenter in Wuhan, China, and factors observed in the nature and early spread of the virus, according to a 302-page Senate report obtained by Axios.”
The suggestion that COVID-19 had unusual origins is hardly a new one, of course. As early as January 2020, a research group from India published a paper suggesting that aspects of the coronavirus bore an “uncanny similarity” to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Taken together, the researchers said their findings suggested the virus had an “unconventional evolution” and that further investigation was warranted. While the researchers subsequently retracted the paper, they were reportedly put under pressure to do so.
Days later, in February 2020, a separate paper published by scientists from the South China University of Technology suggested the virus “probably” came from a laboratory in Wuhan. As with the paper published by the Indian researchers, however, this paper was also quickly withdrawn.
But of all the people to conclude early on in the pandemic that the virus had been created in a laboratory, arguably the most prominent was Professor Luc Montagnier, the French scientist who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of HIV. Interviewed on the CNews channel in France in April 2020, Montagnier asserted that the coronavirus had been designed by molecular biologists. Stating that it contains genetic elements of HIV, he insisted its characteristics could not have arisen naturally.
Since then, other prominent figures from the fields of intelligence and health have added their own voices to those who believe the virus was created in a laboratory. Notable examples include Richard Dearlove, a former head of MI6, the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, who says he has seen an “important” scientific report suggesting the coronavirus was created by Chinese scientists and that it escaped from a laboratory, and Dr. Robert Redfield, the former director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To learn more about the COVID-19 lab leak theory and how it is being taken increasingly seriously, see this article on our website.