Shi Zhengli, a Chinese virologist known for her research on viruses in bats, presented in her study published in a scientific journal, new evidence proving that the laboratory in which she works was not the source of the virus that turned into a pandemic that spread around the world.
Zhengli, who works as deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, said in the study that the blood tests, which were conducted on miners who had contracted a mysterious respiratory disease 8 years ago, after they had removed bat dirt, these tests confirmed that they had not been infected with the virus. That caused the Covid-19 disease, according to the study published in the “Nature” magazine this week.
Samples were taken from 4 people who contracted the disease while working in a copper mine in Yunnan Province. Meanwhile, a research paper published last February expected that bats would be the primary host for Sars-Cov-2, which is the virus that causes Covid 19, which is the basis of the theories linking bats with a virus that the research team of the center in which Zhengli works was studying.
The Chinese scientist confirmed that the genetic characteristics of the viruses that she worked on do not match the characteristics of the spread of the Coronavirus among humans.
It is reported that the virus has infected more than 57.6 million people around the world, and has so far caused the death of about 1.37 million people.