Covid-19 Bat Origin Gains Steam After Report Of Bat Cages In Wuhan Lab Investigated By WHO

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  • Wuhan labs investigated by WHO team had secret cages for breeding bats for virus experiments.
  • Wuhan Institute of Virology was found to have filed patents for bat rearing cages and artificial breeding.
  • The first human cases of Covid-19 were first reported by officials in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.
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Covid-19 bat origin is gaining steam after new report indicates Wuhan Institute of Virology filed patents for bat rearing cages and artificial breeding.

The Wuhan lab, investigated by the World Health Organization (WHO) over the origins of Covid-19, reportedly designed secret cages for breeding bats for virus experiments months before covid-19 first emerged in 2019 December.

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The first human cases of Coronavirus were first reported by officials in Wuhan City, China in December 2019, before the virus spread across the world.

The WHO team arrived in China in early January to investigate the origin of Coronavirus as there have been several theories to the origin Covid-19.

Researchers from across the world have studied the genetic information of Coronavirus and found that it mutated from a virus infecting an animal to one capable of infecting humans.

The most current understanding is that it originated in bats, then went through what’s called an intermediary host, and then on to humans.

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Researchers continue to look into other possible origins as well, this is exactly what the WHO team that is in China is doing.

Reports that Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) designed secret cages to breed bats for virus experiments has cemented Covid-19 bat origin theory.

The institute located just miles from Coronavirus ground zero has been subjected to scrutiny since the virus emerged.

WHO released a report this week exonerating the lab, saying the lab wasn’t responsible for Covid-19 origins, but the US and the UK have branded the WHO’s report a “whitewash” after new revelations about the work of Chinese scientists led by Dr Shi Zhengli, months before the pandemic.

An online profile of the lab reportedly claimed it has capacity to keep 12 bat cages and the institute’s scientists filed patents in June 2018 and October 2020 for the cages and methods for breeding of bats, which are believed to be the natural reservoir of Coronavirus.

The first patent by WIV was filed for bat rearing cages which would be capable of healthy growth and breeding under artificial conditions, while the second patent relates to a method of artificially breeding of wild bats, which in the document it describes bats being artificially infected with Coronaviruses.

According to the patent, the breeding scheme would allow scientists to create a brand-new model experimental animal for scientific research”.

The US announced on Saturday February 13th that it has deep concerns that China may have interfered with WHO’s investigation into the origins of Coronavirus.

Related: China Refuses To Hand Over Key Data To WHO Team Investigating Covid-19 Origins

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