China's missing bat woman with secrets of origin Covid-19 denies deserting to the West
BEIJING: A leading Chinese virologist from (WIV), whose mysterious disappearance sparked speculation about the laboratory-killing death novel, has denied reports of her defection to the West with secrets about Covid-19.
Shi Zhengli, known as the Bat Woman for her passionate research on bats and the viruses associated with them, refuted rumors of her defection on her WeChat account on Chinese social media, state media reported here on Saturday.
Denying rumors of defecting to the West, Shi on his WeChat account wrote: Everything is fine for me and my family, dear friends! He also posted nine photos from his recent life, the Global Times reported.
In the post, Shi, who was reported to be the Director of the WIV, said: No matter how difficult, (flawed) it will never happen. We have done nothing wrong. With a strong belief in science, we will see the day when the clouds scatter and the sun shines.
Shi has been worried about the rumors for quite some time. The recent rumor that has been circulating on social media platforms abroad says that 'the director of Shi Zhengli of the Virology Institute #Wuhan has deserted with an intelligence treasure to the United States embassy in Paris, the report said, but gave no details of his whereabouts.
His official media-reported social media posts here come in the immediate context of a growing focus on the WIV with accusations from the US President. USA Donald trump as well as suspicions raised by various other world leaders that Covid-19, which has caused massive death and devastation worldwide, may have originated in the laboratory.
There were also questions about his absence since December last year when the virus started spreading in Wuhan and later in the rest of China and the world.
While some reports said the Chinese government stunned her after she unblocked the coronavirus genome sequence on January 2, others said it may have been defecated to the West.
The Global Times report says it is not the first time that Shi has responded to the rumors on his WeChat account.
On February 2, he said in his WeChat Moment that the new 2019 coronavirus is a natural punishment for unhealthy human lifestyles. I promise with my life that the virus has nothing to do with the laboratory, in response to an article by Indian scientists implying that the new coronavirus possibly originated from WIV, according to the report.
China resists growing pressure from the US USA And leaders from many countries for an investigation into the origin of the virus, which was initially claimed to have emerged from a wet market in Wuhan that sells live animals located near WIV.
On April 29, state television CGTN reported that American scientists are working with their Chinese counterparts to investigate the origin of the coronavirus, a major lawsuit by Trump and several other countries.
The report said and Prevention is facilitating cooperation between Dr. Yan Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity of University of Colombia and Professor Lu Jinhai of Guangzhou Sun-Yat-Sen University to carry out the research.
The two are working together to determine if the virus emerged in another part of China before Wuhan in December last year, according to the report. But since then there has been no official announcement of the investigation.
Putting aside calls for an investigation, China said on Monday that such an investigation has no legal precedence or basis, and investigations into such pandemics in the past have provided no conclusive results.
In addition to Trump, who increased the demand for an investigation into the origin of the virus and if he escaped from the Virology Institute of Wuhan, Great Britain, Australia and the German chancellor Angela Merkel called for more transparency from Beijing on the origins of Covid-19.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang played down calls for the investigation, saying that past investigations into such viruses did little.
The origin of the virus is a scientific matter and must be studied by scientists and professionals. Such conclusive research and responses can only be extracted after obtaining mutually reinforcing evidence in epidemiological studies and virology studies. It is a very complicated issue, it is often time consuming and there is a certain degree of uncertainty, he said.
He said that politicizing the issue of the origin of the virus goes against the spirit of science. It disrupts international cooperation and mutual trust and will not help with global cooperation to fight the virus, Geng said.