According to an Oxford-led study, no bats or pangolins were sold in Wuhan’s wet markets just before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The study documents a menagerie of nearly 50,000 animals of 38 species, including badgers and boars, peacocks and vipers, that were traded at animal markets in the Chinese city from 2017 to November 2019.
But the team found “no evidence” that a single bat or pangolin was kept on the market, leading them to conclude that these species — often blamed for Covid-19 — “were not the likely overflow host at the source of the coronavirus. ‘
Instead, they argued that the dozens of wild animals kept in filthy cages and neglected by the traders provided a plethora of routes for Covid-19 to pass on to humans.
This view runs counter to mounting claims that the virus did not pass naturally from animals, but that it was developed in a lab in Wuhan where scientists conducted “function gain” experiments on coronaviruses obtained from bats — intended to learn more. about how the disease works.
Wuhan’s infamous Huanan law market blamed for the spread of the coronavirus. Most early theories pointed to bats, but no bats were sold there, according to the new study
A menagerie of nearly 50,000 animals was documented by the scientists, but not a single bat was among the 38 recorded species.
Nor was the pangolin, which some have also theorized may have been the source animal of Covid-19
The authors, whose work was published in Scientific Reports said Wednesday of the thousands of animals traded in Wuhan, “these can harbor a wide range of infectious zoonotic diseases or disease-causing parasites.”
The animals, some of which are protected species, were “kept in appalling conditions and infested with all sorts of other infectious diseases, ready to be slaughtered on demand,” Oxford University professor David Macdonald told The Times.
The creatures were flogged for huge amounts. For example, marmot meat was five times more expensive than pork. “This is not bushmeat for personal consumption, but a precious delicacy,” said Prof. Macdonald.
China claims it has since addressed these hotbeds for disease and banned the sale of live animals, but more than a year after the initial outbreak, people are still hitting these markets to buy food, including live fish, frogs and turtles.
The study authors wrote that there is a persistent desire among Chinese people to trade in so-called “charismatic species” that are considered “prestige items.”
“In large part, this is because protective legislation has not been consistently enforced, promoting a casual disregard for the exploitation of wildlife,” the study says.
Prof. dr. Macdonald told the Times, “With these massive concentrations of different species under one roof…it seems only a matter of time before another unwanted disease can spill over into the human population.”
The well-worn theory that the virus came from filthy animal cages in Wuhan has faced mounting counterarguments in the past month since Joe Biden told his intelligence networks to redouble efforts to investigate the lab leak theory.
What was previously considered a ridiculous idea by the liberal media in the United States after being promoted by Donald Trump has gained new credibility.
Huanan’s wet market, where scientists say the first cluster of infections was officially reported, is just a few hundred meters from the Wuhan Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and just a few miles from the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab, where scientists reportedly conducting experiments on bats before the pandemic began.
Marmots and a raccoon dog
King rat snakes and Chinese bamboo rats for sale in Huanan market
An Amur Hedgehog and a Pig Badger
The lab is one of the few in the world approved to treat class 4 pathogens — dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission.
Three researchers at the institute sought medical attention in November 2019 before the virus began to spread, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal.
There are scientists who have argued for more than a year that the genomic sequence of the virus is such that it must have been developed by humans.
An explosive new study obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com last month said the scientists created Covid-19 and then tried to cover their tracks by reverse-engineering versions of the virus to make it appear as if it were natural. manner evolved from bats.
The authors of the article, British professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr. Birger Sørensen, wrote that they had “prima facie evidence of retro engineering in China” for a year – but were ignored by academics and major magazines.
Dalgleish is a professor of oncology at St George’s University, London, and is best known for his breakthrough in creating the first working ‘HIV vaccine’, to treat diagnosed patients and get them to stop taking medication for months.
Sørensen, a virologist, is chairman of the pharmaceutical company Immunor, which has developed a candidate for the coronavirus vaccine called Biovacc-19. Dalgleish also has stock options in the company.
The investigation’s shocking allegations include allegations of “deliberate destruction, concealment or contamination of data” in Chinese labs, and it points to the silencing and disappearance of scientists in the communist country who spoke out.
The journal article, which has been submitted for publication, will cause a stir among the scientific community, as the majority of experts have, until recently, adamantly denied that the origin of COVID-19 was anything other than a natural infection that passed from animals to humans.