According to Taiwan News, and since picked up by Western media, a (recent) SARS-Cov-2 lab leak has been confirmed in (the Republic of) China.
SARS-Cov-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) concluded on Saturday (Dec. 11) that an assistant researcher was infected with the Delta variant of COVID while experimenting on the virus in a high safety laboratory… Officials are not ruling out the possibility that an error occurred during handling of the mice and that a cross-infection occurred inside the lab.
Alina shared the story with us before English-speaking media appeared to have picked up on it.
Taiwan’s “Zero Covid” strategy made it easier to identify. Because of background infections, we wouldn’t necessarily identify a different SARS2 leak if one had taken place after the pandemic began. SARS1 leaked from a lab multiple times post-outbreak.
Likely covid lab leak, Taiwan BSL3.
is zero covid; straightforward to track lab origin of SARS2 infections.
— Alina Chan (@Ayjchan) December 9, 2021
Note that this infection took place in a Biosafety Level 3 lab. The Wuhan Institute of Virology handled bat coronaviruses in a less-cautious BSL2 lab.
But it’s a conspiracy theory to suspect it may have leaked from a lab in the PRC in late 2019, right?
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