According to The New York Post, a US-based scientist who worked at a research lab in China’s Wuhan revealed Monday that Covid-19 was a “man-made virus” that had leaked from the facility.
Andrew Huff, who previously worked for the EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based non-profit dedicated to the study of infectious diseases, stated that the coronavirus had leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China more than two years ago. He also accused authorities of the “worst US intelligence failure since 9/11.”
Huff claims in his new book, The Truth About Wuhan, that the US government funded coronaviruses in China. With no biosafety safeguards in place, China’s gain-of-function experiments — which are used to genetically alter organisms in order to improve their biological functions — resulted in a leak at the Wuhan lab.
According to The Sun, epidemiologist Huff revealed in his book that “foreign laboratories did not have adequate control measures in place to ensure proper biosafety, biosecurity, and risk management, ultimately resulting in the lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
EcoHealth Alliance has been studying coronaviruses in bats for over a decade, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, and has formed close ties with the Wuhan lab. Huff worked for the non-profit from 2014 to 2016, rising to the position of vice president in 2015.
“China knew this was a genetically engineered agent from the start,” Huff wrote. “I was terrified by what I saw,” Huff, a Michigan Army veteran, told The Sun Online. “All we were doing was handing them bioweapon technology.”
Over the last two years, the Wuhan lab has been at the centre of global debates about the origins of the coronavirus. The Chinese government and Wuhan lab officials have repeatedly denied the allegations, labelling the theory that the virus originated in China’s lab facility “baseless.” However, top researchers have continued to investigate the virus’s origins.
In February 2022, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert group sent two letters to senior Chinese government officials requesting information about the first human cases of COVID-19 in the city of Wuhan. The experts at WHO asserted that numerous studies in this field of research should be conducted “with the staff in the laboratories tasked with managing and implementing biosafety and biosecurity,” which would then lead to revelations about how viruses related to COVID-19 were managed.
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