It took China 15 years to finish the National Biosafety Laboratory inside Wuhan Institute of Virology. Wuhan Institute of Virology stores and cultures more than 1,500 viruses.
Wuhan Institute of Virology of China specializes in researching the most dangerous viruses and pathogens in the world. To work here, scientists have to wear specialized protective gear, making them look like astronauts.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology also studies the viruses found in bats. This makes it the center of conspiracy theories about the origin of Covid-19 – a virus that has killed nearly 100,000 people worldwide.
China has repeatedly denied such conspiracy theories and they are not supported by any reliable evidence. In addition, a number of recent studies by scientists in many countries around the world, including those published in the US journal Nature, have demonstrated that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has a source natural origin.
Professor Gerald Keusch at Boston University (USA) also rejected conspiracy theories about Covid-19 and said: “Conspiracy theories never care about the truth. They are only concerned with creating suspicion and anxiety”.
Wuhan Virology Institute is one of the largest virus testing centers in Hubei province, China. The institute is located more than 10 km from the Hoa Nam seafood market, which is said to be the starting point of the outbreak of Covid-19. The Institute building was designed by France.
The National Biosafety Laboratory of Wuhan Institute of Virology was established after the SARS outbreak in China in 2003, with a total budget of US $42 million.
Wuhan Institute of Virology is also the first facility in China to have level 4 biosecurity – the highest level. It is one of the most advanced virus research institutes under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
According to SCMP, the Wuhan Institute of Virology first received the Covid-19 sample on December 30, 1919, after the outbreak of Covid-19 broke out in Wuhan.
On August 2, researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology completed the sequencing of the Genvid-19 genome. The gene sequences of Covid-19 were later transferred by the Institute to the World Health Organization (WHO).
While the Covid-19 outbreak was spreading in China in February, Shi Zhengli, director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, said the virus was not related to the laboratory. Many international experts also agree with this view.
According to Chinadaily, on February 19, the Lancet medical journal published the statement of the international team of scientists dismissing the rumor that Covid-19 was created by Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The statement was made by 27 scientists from 9 different countries. They expressed deep concern about the impact of conspiracy theories on human health and global interests.