Sky News Australia Exclusive: Footage Proves Bats Kept in Wuhan Lab
Video also highlights China’s lack of experience with high-level biological containment facilities.
The biology laboratories in Wuhan, China, are now under the microscope in terms of researchers and investigators looking into the strengthening evidence the coronavirus pandemic originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The Chinese claim that the virus came from bats or pangolins in the wet market became one of the early diversions in the obfuscation of the pathogen’s history. A team of Oxford researchers proved China wrong.
The research documents a menagerie of nearly 50,000 animals from 38 species, including badgers and boars, peacocks and pit vipers, 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 at the market, leading them to conclude that these species – frequently blamed for Covid-19 – ‘were not the likely spillover host at the source of the coronavirus’.
Chris Newman, from the University of Oxford, told Mailonline: ‘Some of these species are known to host a variety of diseases.
‘A few have subsequently been identified as competent hosts of Covid-19, but the main suspected spill-over hosts, namely bats and pangolins, were not for sale in these markets.
‘Our data cannot determine how humans became infected with Covid-19, only that direct contact with pangolins or bats in these markets seems highly implausible.’
But just up the road, the Wuhan Institute of Virology housed bats. Lots and lots of bats.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology kept live bats in cages, new footage from inside the facility has revealed, disproving denials from World Health Organisation investigators who claimed the suggestion was a “conspiracy”.
An official Chinese Academy of Sciences video to mark the launch of the new biosafety level 4 laboratory in May 2017 speaks about the security precautions that are in place if “an accident” occurs and reveals there had been “intense clashes” with the French Government during the construction of the laboratory.
The video shows bats being held in a cage at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, along with vision of a scientist feeding a bat with a worm.
The 10 minute video is titled “The construction and research team of Wuhan P4 laboratory of Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences” and features interviews with its leading scientists.
The World Health Organisation report investigating the origin of the pandemic failed to mention that any bats had been kept at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and only its annex referred to animals being housed there.
“The animal room in the P4 facility can handle a variety of species, including primate work with SARS-CoV-2,” it states.
The video also highlights China’s lack of experience running Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4), a high-level biological containment laboratory.
In the video, Song Donglin, deputy director of the Wuhan BSL-4 lab, says, “China had no prior experience designing or contracting BSL-4 laboratories. There was no prior experience in using and managing autoclave sterilizers nor life-support systems for personnel.”
A voiceover states: “Over more than a decade, Shi Zhengli’s research team has collected more than 15,000 bat samples in China and many countries of Africa, searching for the origins of SARS, as well as isolating and characterizing many new viruses.”
Many “scientists” and “experts” have to walk back their accusations about conspiracy theories, including the now-infamous lab collaborator Peter Daszak.
In December, an article in the Independent reported that “samples from the bats were sent to the Wuhan laboratory for genetic analyses of the viruses collected in the field.”
Daszak called this false and a conspiracy theory, saying in a since-deleted December tweet, “Important error in this piece. No BATS were ‘sent to Wuhan lab for genetic analyses of viruses collected in the field.’ That’s not how this science works. We collect bat samples, send them to the lab. We RELEASE bats where we catch them!”
Simon Boyi Chen, listed as being in the fellowship program in molecular genetic pathology at Stanford Health Care, tweeted in response: “There can be a very big risk for Western scientists to automatically assume that Chinese labs operate by the same practices and standard operating protocols that they do.”
Daszak then tweeted back, “This is a widely circulated conspiracy theory. This piece describes work I’m the lead on & labs I’ve collaborated with for 15 years. They DO NOT have live or dead bats in them. There is no evidence anywhere that this happened.”
One has to wonder how many other science-based “truths” and “realities” are neither.
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Most people don’t believe the so called science because it’s a Political narrative not a scientific theory.
Proof that political science is 99% the former and about 1% the latter.
Proof that Kamala Harris is not a natural born citizen. Escaped from a cage in Wuhan,
Given the facts last Feb, wet market vs viral lab in Wuhan, I was able to deduce the virus most likely originated in the lab that studies viruses. How about everyone else? How long did it take you to figure it out?
When Tom Cotton said that the first cases were NOT associated with the wet markets…and the media when crazy.
Former Late Night host Jon Stewart observed, “If there was a sudden outbreak of chocolatey goodness in Hershey Pennsylvania you might wonder if it had something to do with the chocolate factory. And, when you get an outbreak of the SARS2 Respiratory virus in Wuhan China you might consider whether it came from the Wuhan SARS2 Respiratory Virus Lab.”
I suspected it was the lab from the start. It was just too much of a coincidence to have a major outbreak start with in 10,000 feet of a Level 4 BioLab.
The whole time the media kept shitting on the potential for Lab-origin, I kept thinking that the more they scream about it originating outside the lab – the more likely it is that it was the lab. Just as when the media shrills were screaming “Russia Collusion” and it turned out to be all bull shit.
I feel sorry for people who have lost the ability to think clearly and use critical reasoning skills to see thorough the media bull shit. It seems at least 1/3rd of the country cannot think for themselves anymore and fall for any BS they get from CNN / NY Times / NBC
Who was the fellow who said, “Believe only half of what you see, and none of what you hear?” Everybody used to think he was a damned cynic. Now we know he was an optimist.
ACCOUNTABILITY ? ?
When does Daszak get arrested ?
Providing false info to authorities who are investigating to try to save lives from the current (or potential future) outbreaks – as people are dying is pretty sick. Must be criminal.
How about the WHO, NIH and CDC people ?
My mother died from Covid. As did tens of thousands of people’s mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters. Why ? So these people could play footsie with China ? ?
Where is DOJ ? ? Who is investigating ? Why did it take so long to see through the lies. Are there any competent people left at NUH or CDC or are they all compromised by politics and/or China ?
We need answers. We NEVER want this bullshit to happen again.
It’s really starting to remind me of that scene in Austin Powers when he doesn’t want to admit in front of the lady that it is, in fact, his Swedish-made penis enlargement pump.
Apparently I am lucky to have never made it past the first 10 minutes.
Sharri Markson at Sky New Au. has been doing a very good job of reporting for months
But Colbert said they were wild……………? ;/
Daszak threw an absolute hissy fit last spring when Trump ordered a suspension of the grant Daszak was funneling to Shi’s coronavirus research. He claimed the research was vital because it could prevent pandemics.
You just can’t make this crap up.
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