Li Meng Yan, a former researcher at Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, Hong Kong University (HKU), said the virus was built by combining genetic material from two bat coronaviruses. (Read: Li Meng Yan Promises Proof of Covid-19 Made in Chinese Communist Party Military Lab)
He claims the spike protein — a structure on the surface of the virus that it uses to bind cells — was edited to make it easier for the virus to attach to human cells.
But scientists denounced his report — which he promised in an interview last week would be released soon — as “baseless” claims. They considered the evidence Li presented to lack any credibility.
Research papers have determined the origin of the SARS-Cov-2 virus in bats, leading top experts to reject the notion that the virus was created by humans.
SARS-CoV-2– the scientific name of the pathogen – is the seventh coronavirus known to infect humans and transmit to humans after the previous version mutated. The virus was previously thought to be one that infects bats and then reaches humans via other animals. (Berry: Chinese Scientist Fleeing to the US: Covid-19 Created in the Chinese Communist Party’s Military Lab)
Li’s report has not been published in a scientific journal and has not been peer-reviewed, meaning it has not been reviewed and approved by scientists. But his report has received widespread public attention, having been viewed more than 150,000 times sinceposting yesterday on the website Zenodo, a website operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Li said his research ignores the theory that the coronavirus evolved in the wild and was then transferred to humans. He claimed it “lacked substantial support”.