Virologist Danielle Anderson, who worked in the laboratory of the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, until November 2019, said in an interview with Bloomberg that she adheres to the natural version of the origin of the coronavirus.
At the same time, the scientist did not rule out the theory that SARS-CoV-2 allegedly spread from a laboratory in Wuhan.
“I’m not so naive as to say that I completely write off this option,” Anderson admitted.
The interlocutor of the agency is convinced that even if it happened that way, there could be no intent in the actions of the institute’s employees or other people. She allowed a scenario in which a scientist could unknowingly become infected in the process of work, and then unintentionally infects others. However, Anderson estimated the probability of this as extremely insignificant.
At the same time, the virologist is not surprised that researchers have not yet managed to find the exact source of the spread of the virus, since previously it took almost ten years to determine the natural pathogen of SARS.
Anderson also recalled that the SARS-CoV-1 coronavirus, which led to an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2002-2004, left protected areas several times.
American intelligence officers allow two versions: when transferring to a person from an animal and a laboratory. The Times newspaper, citing sources, reported that the UK intelligence service now considers it “possible” to leak the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus from the laboratory. Commenting on these publications, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that scientists, not special services, should be engaged in clarifying the origin of COVID-19.