Wuhan laboratory suspected of having leaked COVID-19 nominated for top science award in China

Wuhan laboratory suspected of having leaked COVID-19 nominated for top science award in China


The Wuhan laboratory in China, suspected of leaking COVID-19, has been nominated for China’s highest science award.

According to reports, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has nominated the Wuhan Institute of Virology for the Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize in 2021.

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The Wuhan laboratory in China, suspected of leaking COVID-19, has been nominated for China’s highest science award.

According to reports, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has nominated the Wuhan Institute of Virology for the Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize in 2021.

Shi Zhengli, director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, nicknamed Batwoman, also received a special mention from the academy.

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According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the controversial laboratory was nominated for the award for conducting “the most comprehensive and systematic identification research on the etiology of COVID-19”.

“… the results of the project have laid an important basis and technology platform for follow-up research on the origin, epidemiology and disease mechanism of the COVID-19 virus,” said the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Research from the Wuhan Institute of Virology also helped contain the coronavirus pandemic and develop COVID-19 vaccinations, according to the academy.

Dr. Zhengli, the laboratory’s director, has been accused of conducting “gain-of-function” (GOF) experiments, in which scientists increase the strength of a virus in order to better analyze its effects on the host.

Many scientists believe that the coronavirus from Dr. Zhengli’s laboratory has escaped.

Dr. Zhengli, on the other hand, denied all allegations of the virus break-in from the lab, adding, “How in the world can I get evidence of something that has no evidence?”

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