Chinese ‘Bat Woman’ Reveals New Tests Suggesting Coronavirus Is NOT From Her Wuhan Lab


A Chinese virologist known for her research on coronavirus in bats has shared new tests suggesting the virus isn’t from her Wuhan lab.

Shi Zhengli, the deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, recently re-tested blood samples taken in 2012 from four miners who fell ill after working in bat caves in southwest China.

The results showed that none of them was infected with Covid-19, The South China Morning Post reported.

Her update appears to contradict the Donald Trump administration’s allegations that the virus, which has infected nearly 58 million people worldwide, originated from her laboratory in Wuhan.

The results suggest that Shi and her team had not collected samples of Sars-CoV-2 – which causes coronavirus – prior to the Wuhan outbreak.

Shi Zhengli (pictured), the deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, recently retested blood samples from four miners who fell ill after working in bat caves in southwest China eight years ago

The virologist has previously stated that the characteristics of the viruses she has worked with do not match the genetics of Covid-19.

The miners were infected with an unknown respiratory disease after removing bat poop from a copper mine in Yunnan province in April 2012.

‘We suspected that the patients were infected with an unknown virus. That’s why we and other groups of animals, including bats, rats, and musk shrews, sampled in or around the cave, ‘Shi said.

One of these samples contained bat coronavirus RaTG13, it was claimed.

Her update added, “In 2020, we compared the Sars-CoV-2 sequence with our unpublished bat coronavirus sequences and found it shared 96.2 percent identity with RaTG13.”

Scientists have claimed that the 3.8 percent difference in the strains could mean that the bat coronavirus took decades to mutate into Sars-CoV-2.

Shi has previously warned that the new viruses being discovered worldwide are “just the tip of the iceberg.”

The P4 laboratory in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, where Shi Zhengli had studied coronavirus in bats since 2004

Shi’s update appears to contradict the Donald Trump administration’s allegations that the virus, which infected nearly 58 million people worldwide, originated in its Wuhan laboratory. Pictured: Wuhan Institute of Virology, P4 Laboratory

She also called for more international cooperation in the fight against epidemics, despite allegations that China was covering up the threat of the coronavirus.

In May, she insisted that research into viruses requires governments and scientists to be transparent and cooperate with their findings.

She added that it is “very regrettable” for science to be politicized.

Speaking to CCTN, Shi said, “If we want to prevent humans from suffering from the next infectious disease outbreak, we need to be aware of these unknown viruses that are transmitted in nature by wild animals and provide early warning.

“If we don’t study them, there may be another outbreak.”

President Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have consistently suggested that Covid-19 is connected to the Wuhan laboratory.

The charges have been dismissed by both Beijing and Shi.

The virologist has previously stated that the characteristics of the viruses she has worked with do not match the genetics of Covid-19.

Shi wrote on social media that she would ‘swear on my life’ that the lab had nothing to do with the pandemic and that the virus was first discovered in late 2019.

Wang Yanyi, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, added that the allegations that the virus originated in the Wuhan lab are “pure manufacturing.”

Shi Zhengli’s investigation reportedly began in 2004 to study the SARS outbreak.

She has since studied all kinds of bats, breaking through in 2013 when she found 96.2 percent identical to the Sars-CoV-2 bat.

She has also reportedly been investigating whether the coronavirus can jump from one species to another, and in 2015 she confirmed it was possible for a SARS-like virus to travel from bats to humans.

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