The study, written by British Professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr. Birger Sorensen, suggested that China produced the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) in a laboratory in Wuhan and concealed its traces by “reverse engineering”.
The new study, which has not yet been published, claimed that Chinese scientists created Covid-19 in a laboratory in Wuhan, then tried to cover their tracks with “reverse engineering” techniques to make the virus appear to have evolved naturally from bats, the Daily Mail reported.
The claims made in the study, which pointed out that the virus may have originated while Chinese scientists were working on a project in Wuhan, include accusations of “deliberate destruction, cover-up or corruption of data in Chinese laboratories.”
The study also claimed that scientists in China who made assessments about the virus had been silenced.
Dalgleish and Sorensen, who wrote the study, said that while trying to develop a vaccine last year, they found “unique traces” of the virus that could only occur if it was tampered with.
The study will be published in the Quarterly Review of Biophysics Discovery.
The World Health Organization (WHO) sent a delegation of international scientists to Wuhan, China, where the first cases occurred, to investigate the origins of Covid-19.
In its fieldwork, which began on January 29th, the delegation also conducted investigations at the Vuhan Seafood Food Market, where the first cases were seen, as well as at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is the subject of allegations that the virus was released as a result of an accident.
After the Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002-2003, the institute was established to create an archive of genetic information of bat coronaviruses and was the subject of claims that Kovid-19 was artificially produced in the laboratory here and accidentally went out.
Chinese authorities have denied the allegations, making unmapped counter-claims that Covid-19 originated in another country and came to the country with imported frozen seafood.
The report on the origin of Covid-19, conducted jointly by WHO-China, at the end of March suggested that Covid-19 was transmitted from bats to humans through another animal. The report cited the “least likely” chance of Covid-19 leaving the laboratory.
This month, however, a group of scientists stated that the origin of Covid-19 is still unclear and that the theory that it may have leaked from a laboratory should be taken seriously until a rigorous data-based investigation is conducted that proves otherwise.
In the UNITED States, former President Donald Trump’s administration has repeatedly blamed Beijing for the spread of the virus, and a U.S. intelligence report released at the end of last year mentioned findings that the virus may have originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.
On May 26, US President Biden instructed intelligence agencies to intensify their work and conclude within 90 days to investigate the origins of Covid-19, which was first detected in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019. Biden had asked the animal to assess the origin of the virus as well as the possibility of leaking from the lab.
China accuses the United States of “politicizing” the outbreak, arguing that international experts have “repeatedly praised China’s open and transparent stance” on the origins of Covid-19.