Examing The Bats
A Chinese virologist recognized for her work on examining coronavirus in bats has said in an interview that new viruses being discovered are just the tip of the iceberg.
She also called for greater international collaboration in the fight against diseases, such as we are witnessing now with Covid-19, despite allegations that China covered up the danger sat by a coronavirus.
Shi Zhengli, the deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, also known as China’s ‘Batwoman,’ said that the study initiated in viruses needs governments and scientists to be open with their findings, and helpful.
She added that it is ‘very regrettable’ when science is politicized.
Shi Zhengli Statements
Shi told that: ‘If we want to stop human beings from suffering from the next communicable disease outbreak, we must go in advance to learn of these hidden viruses carried by wild animals in nature and give early warnings.
‘If we don’t study them, there will probably be another outbreak,‘ she said.
China -USA Relations
China’s connection with the US been growing tenser in recent months amid allegations from Trump’s administration that the virus originated from the Wuhan lab and that the country covered up the first outbreak.
Both President Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have recommended Covid-19 is linked to the Wuhan laboratory. The allegations have been denied in Beijing, as has Shi.
The virologist has said that the properties of the viruses that she has worked with do not match the eugenics of the one currently developing in humans across the globe.
Bat Feces Identical To SARS COV-2
Shi Zhengli’s research reportedly began in 2004 to examine the SARS outbreak. Since then, she has studied all kinds of bats and made a discovery in 2013 when she found bat feces 96.2 percent identical to the SARS COV-2.
She has also reportedly done analysis on whether or not coronavirus can cross from one species to another, and in 2015 she confirmed that it was possible for a SARS-like virus to jump from bats to humans.