Guest comment – And if the Virus comes from a laboratory?This week, the world health Assembly paved the way for an independent investigation of the Corona-crisis. The is also urgently needed.Opinion Filippa Lentzos1 Kommentar1Laborunfälle are never excluded: a view in a research Institute in New York, where corona viruses are studied.Photo: Brendan McDermid (Reuters)
The theory of a deliberate dissemination of Covid-19 was by almost all researchers to quickly and relegated to the realm of disinformation. Everything points to a natural Overflow of the Virus from animals to humans. But how and where is this “Spillover” has occurred, is unclear.
According to the widespread view of a wet market in Wuhan, the scene was. In Chinese wet-markets, animals of all kinds, including wild animals to be slaughtered, and the road sold. They offer a Virus-the perfect conditions to jump from one species to the next. In an instant, China has presented Connections between the initial infected and the wet market in Wuhan.
Could be measures of the devastating pandemic receipt for insufficient laboratory safety?
However, a study in three of the first four diseases, including the first-known Case, find no connection to the wet market. Thus, both in the Wuhan-scale research institutes advanced as another plausible source of the virus release in the foreground: Could be measures of the devastating pandemic receipt for insufficient laboratory safety?
this Could have corona virus, researchers are unknowingly infected, the have then, even if without symptoms of the disease and unintentionally – more people infected? Or improperly disposed of waste or animal carcasses from the research could be destroyed by rats or cats, the origin of the Spillovers be?
Although this type of research on a higher BIOS afety level, laboratory accidents can never be eliminated.
Since most of the corona viruses cause in humans, at the most a cold, work in laboratories levels in the world with this virus at the Biosafety level 2 safety. So the “Wuhan Center for Disease Control is working” with the corona virus at this deep level of security – probably a few hundred meters away noticed away from the wet market. Similarly, research is being conducted in the vicinity of the Wuhan Institute of Virology intensively on corona virus. The Institute has the world’s largest collection of corona viruses. to develop
To cure, viruses are genetically modified and laboratory animals infected. Although this type of research at a higher Biosafety level, laboratory accidents can never be eliminated. Such experiments involve the risk of an unintentional release. The researchers are moving on a narrow ridge between the remedy development and man-induced disease.
China is advancing as we know, since the beginning of the crisis, his own Version of the story.
Such questions are entitled to, especially since the people’s Republic of China in General, and the two above-mentioned institutions in Wuhan, which is attested in Particular in terms of safety, the need for action. Additional explosiveness Beijing’s systematic diversion of the possibility of a research accident.
China is advancing as we know, since the beginning of the crisis, his own Version of the story. In the course of which was immediately restricted after the outbreak of the Virus research transparency sensitive. On the Websites of the Institute in Wuhan, the relevant content was missing soon. In the meantime, the publication of relevant scientific Work of officials of the Central government must be approved. Against this Background, Calls for enlightenment louder.
It is to navigate the stormy seas between nationalist Propaganda and a lump-sum blame.
This week, the world health Assembly decided that an international investigation. In order to explore the Spillover, is a virological and epidemiological analysis of Central. Equally important is a forensic investigation on the spot, but for the purpose of clarification of the chain of events; and although, before all the traces are blurred. Just the latter will be as a result of the politicization of the Corona-crisis is difficult. It is important to navigate the stormy seas between nationalist Propaganda and a lump-sum blame.
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