Is the COVID 19 corona virus a Bio Weapon? Rumors and conspiracy theories have been circulating since this virus was first discovered. LEts look at what we know..
Wuhan houses a level 4 bio lab also known as a BSL4 lab. A BSL laboratory is designed to study the most dangerous pathogens known to man.
BSL-4 is the highest level of biocontainment: its criteria include filtering air and treating water and waste before they leave the laboratory, and stipulating that researchers change clothes and shower before and after using lab facilities. Such labs are often controversial.
China constructed the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory (Level 4) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2015. The aim was to prepare for and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks
The laboratory is located close to the Wuhan fresh market where the virus was reported to originally emerge from.
China appoints top military bio warfare expert to take over Wuhan BSL4 laboratory.
- Chen Wei, 54, has reportedly taken the helm of Wuhan Institute of Virology
- Her appointment prompted claims that the classified lab is run by the army
- One theory suggests Beijing could be making bioweapons in the Wuhan lab
- It alleges the virus could have been created there and leaked by accident
- A director at the lab has denied the allegations and called for investigation
China has reportedly appointed its top military biological weapon expert to take over a secretive virus laboratory in Wuhan after the outbreak of a new coronavirus, sparking conspiracy theories that the health crisis could be connected to the army.
Chen Wei, a Major General of the People’s Liberation Army, was flown in to Wuhan by the central government late last month before officially taking the helm of Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to a report.
The 54-year-old’s designation prompted some people to speculate that the epidemic could have been spawned in the little-known lab and that the lab is run by Beijing’s military.
China Warned in 2017 – Virus could escape
Scientists had warned in 2017 that a dangerous virus could escape the lab. According to Nature, some scientists outside China were worried about pathogens escaping, and the addition of a “biological dimension to geopolitical tensions” between China and other nations.