“Our 15 years of work in China now puts us in a unique position to identify, with a remarkable degree of confidence, the likely origin of Covid-19." (Agreed - it does. It also puts you in a conflict of interest position - whereby one might be tempted to suppress incriminating evidence and spread disinformation in order to save one’s arse.)
"(W)e reported 781 genetic sequences of bat-origin coronaviruses previously unknown to scientists (including) the closest known relatives to Sars-CoV-2.”
(Good, again confirming that the “closest known relatives to SARS-Cov-2” were held at WIV prior to the Covid outbreak.)
“All are carried by horseshoe bats that are found across southern China (1000 kilometres away), and neighbouring countries.”
(But not Wuhan. That’s why Batwoman thought it had leaked from the lab.)
“Our report firmly concludes that Covid-19 originated in bats, in a hotspot of viral evolution along the border of Yunnan province in China, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.”
(Hang on Pete. That’s illogical and/or misleading. All it proves is that Covid is related to that strain of virus (RaTG13). Which we knew already. It doesn’t prove the geographical origin of the outbreak.
If anything, it casts suspicion on WIV. They were experimenting on it, when, against all your predictions, there was an outbreak in Wuhan. Now you want to rule out a leak from WIV? That’s not logical.
RatG13, the closest known relative to SARS-Cov-2, was collected from the same Yunnan cave where 6 miners contracted a suspected SARS-like illness in 2012 according to a Kun Ming Medical University paper at the time. Three of them died.
On one hand, WIV scientists (Shi Zhengli) dismissed that 2102 report as being “neither based on evidence nor logic, (b)ut used by conspiracy theorists to doubt me”, saying the miners merely had a fungal infection, not a coronavirus.
On the other hand they’re saying the same virus from that cave is super contagious and responsible for Covid. That is also illogical.)