(cont. from prev post)
None of the above is conclusive proof that Covid-19 escaped from an Wuhan lab - it’s circumstantial evidence. But it’s enough to propose an independent investigation of what the hell was/is going on at a lab that was deliberately engineering viruses to make them more deadly to humans. Not just that one - but all such facilities worldwide that are engineering deadly pathogens.
Add to the mix the Washington Post report stating: “U.S. Embassy officials sent two official warnings back to Washington about inadequate safety at the lab, which was conducting risky studies on coronaviruses from bats.”
Regardless of where the virus came from, there are societal ethics questions involved in such research.
Claims from scientists that these risky experiments are all for our own good - then get angry if they're questioned about it - that doesn’t cut it. These experiments have been going on since at least 2008 - what we do know is that none of that knowledge gleaned was helpful in terms of preventing the current outbreak. Advocates will cry 'Yes - that's why we need even more virus engineering!'
Some people, inside and outside the scientific community, are now saying, ‘Thanks - but no thanks.’
As for Batwoman, despite the backlash against her (which originated from social media within China), the impression you get from reading about her - it’s not the ‘evil scientist’ archetype at all. She seems like an Indiana Jones style virus hunter who genuinely believes her research might be helpful. She strongly denies that the virus originated from WIV.
“The novel 2019 coronavirus is nature punishing the human race for keeping uncivilised living habits. I swear on my life that it has nothing to do with our laboratory.”
Although she has become the face of WIV, it’s important to remember that she's not the boss there and she did not work alone. All of the papers involving the manipulation of bat viruses are collaborative efforts - including with scientists from around the world. How do all these scientists hold up when they’re put under the microscope? Is there a clique within this group that exercises control or is running an agenda? I don’t know. But despite what you read about scientists pledging "solidarity with all scientists in China", there is dissent within the scientific community.
One example is Prof Simon Wain-Hobson, a virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. In 2014 he warned against so-called ‘gain-of-function’ virus manipulation calling it "misleading" and "irrational."
“There is nothing good to be gained … The consequence of any accident would be anywhere from a handful of infections to a catastrophic pandemic.”