According to a report in The New York Post, a scientist from the US who worked at a lab in Wuhan, China, stated on Monday that Covid-19 was a “man-made virus” that had escaped the facility.
The coronavirus, according to Andrew Huff, a former employee of the New York-based non-profit EcoHealth Alliance that deals with the study of infectious diseases, first surfaced from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China more than two years ago. He also attributed the “largest US intelligence failure since 9/11” to officials.
Huff asserts in his most recent book, The Truth About Wuhan, that the US government supported coronaviruses in China. Gain-of-function research, which are carried out to genetically change organisms in order to enhance their biological functions, resulted in a leak at the Wuhan facility with only any biosafety precautions.
The epidemiologist Huff allegedly stated in his book that “foreign laboratories did not have the adequate control measures in place for ensuring proper biosafety, biosecurity, and risk management, ultimately leading to the lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology” according to the British newspaper The Sun.
Since working with coronaviruses in bats over ten years ago with funding from the National Institutes of Health, a team at EcoHealth Alliance has formed strong connections with the Wuhan lab. From 2014 to 2016, Huff worked for the nonprofit, rising to the position of vice president in 2015.
China was aware that this was a genetically modified agent “from day one,” according to Huff. Huff, an Army veteran from Michigan, told The Sun Online, “I was scared by what I saw. We only gave them the means to create biological weapons.
Over the past two years, discussions about the coronavirus’s ancestry have centred on the Wuhan lab. The charges have been consistently refuted by the Chinese government and Wuhan lab authorities, who have also referred to the hypothesis that the virus originated in China’s lab as “baseless.” However, leading scientists have persisted in seeking explanations for the virus’s origins.
Senior Chinese government authorities received two letters in February from a WHO expert committee requesting information regarding the first COVID-19 instances in humans in the city of Wuhan. The letters were written in June 2022. The experts at WHO emphasised the need for numerous studies in this area of study, asserting that they should be carried out “with the staff in the laboratories tasked with managing and implementing biosafety and biosecurity,” which would then result in revelations about how viruses related to COVID-19 were managed.