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Terrible accident in Taiwan Covid caused the theory that the virus came from the Wuhan laboratory to leak ‘legitimate’ according to experts

A Taiwanese researcher infected with AN has made the theory that Covid came from a laboratory leak in Wuhan “legitimate”, according to experts.

The lab worker, who tested positive on Thursday for the Delta variant, was bitten by a rat infected with the virus Coronavirus for experiments conducted at a highly biosafety facility in the island’s capital, Taipei.

Shi Zhengli, left, uses a mouse to test the effects of a modified bat virus at the Wuhan lab

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Shi Zhengli, left, uses a mouse to test the effects of a modified bat virus at the Wuhan labCredit: AP
Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in Hubei province, central China

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Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in Hubei province, central ChinaCredit: AFP

The woman is about 20 years old and has had dual vaccinations, has not recently traveled abroad.

Taiwan There has been no domestic transmission for over a month.

Medical investigators believe she contracted the virus while working at Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top institute.

If confirmed, it would strengthen the hypothesis that the global pandemic was caused by a similar laboratory leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in Wuhan. China.

“If the lab worker is confirmed to have been infected at her workplace, this will add credence to the lab leak theory,” said Yanzhong Huang, a medical expert. Chinese public relations officer at the Council on Foreign Relations said.

“This case comes as we have been at an impasse in probing the origins of Covid-19, with no progress made in determining whether the outbreak was the result of natural transmission from animals or not. due to a lab leak.”

The Wuhan lab is just a few miles from the wet market linked to some of the first cases of Covid.

Shi Zhengli, a coronavirus expert who worked at the WIV and became known as the “Bat Woman,” used mice to test the effects of modified bat viruses in “increasing function” experiments. “.

While some scholars support the genetic adaptation of animal pathogens as valuable research in response to future pandemics, the practice is banned in some countries due to the dangers associated with it. important, such as getting rid of a deadly virus.

Both UK and US government investigations concluded the lab leak theory was plausible.

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It is thought that a researcher may have been infected in an accident and then spread the disease in the community after leaving work – as it is feared that the Taiwanese laboratory staff may have done.

China has fiercely rejected this theory and blocked international investigations into the origin of the coronavirus.

US biologist and biosecurity expert Richard Ebright documented human infections that occurred in laboratories in Taiwan, Singapore, and China in 2003 and 2004 during the study. about Sara coronavirus.

“The incidents highlight that laboratory accidents, including those that result in infection of laboratory staff and transmission of disease from laboratory staff to the general public,” he said.

“It is justifiable that a Wuhan laboratory worker handling the Sars-related coronavirus was infected and then transmitted the disease to the public, triggering a pandemic.”

The Taiwanese lab worker told officials she was first bitten by an infected lab rat on October 15, but the test came back negative.

Then she was bitten by a The mouse is infected for the second time on November 19, which raised concerns about safety protocols, but no testing.

“We believe the possibility of infection from the workplace is higher because we have no confirmed cases of infection in the community,” said Chen Shih-chung, Taiwan’s health minister.

“For inside the workplace, whether in an office or a lab, we identify the lab as being a higher risk. But whether the infection is due to the bite or the environment, we need to investigate further.”

The woman is said to have been riding buses and trains as well as shopping and eating for several days when she felt ill but before testing positive, The Times report.

The woman’s infection has raising fears of a new wave of infections in a country praised for its handling of the pandemic.

Taiwan has kept strict border controls and imposed a two-week mandatory quarantine for all arrivals, while easing domestic restrictions in recent months.

Initial tests of 138 close contacts showed 123 negative and 15 still pending.

The situation of another 328 workers at Academia Sinica is being monitored but no positive cases have been reported.

Three domestic outbreaks in the past 12 months have been linked to pilots and crew returning from overseas.

Academia Sinica's Gene Research Center in Taipei

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Academia Sinica’s Gene Research Center in TaipeiCredit: Google Earth
Fauci said the origin of Covid was ‘most likely’ from an animal to a human but ‘it could have been a lab leak’

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