Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was created in a laboratory, perhaps an accidental leak. Such opinion on air of TV channel CNews April 17 was expressed by the French virologist who won the Nobel prize in 2008 Luc Montagnier.
In his opinion, the structure of the virus shows that it is the development of molecular biologists, not nature. In SARS-CoV-2 have traces of HIV and malaria, said 87-year-old Montagnier.
He suggested that the new coronavirus could be synthesized during the search for an HIV vaccine; this work, according to him, was conducted in the laboratory of Wuhan Institute of Virology for about 20 years.
Montagnier is considered one of the discoverers of the HIV retrovirus, the first work on this subject he published in 1983.
In the office of the President of France on 18 April said that the point of view of the scientist is not supported by the evidence. “There is no evidence that the information disseminated in the US press, about the connection between the origin COVID-19 and the P4 laboratory in Wuhan”, – quotes the official Elysee Palace Chinese channel CGTN.
On 16 April, the TV channel Fox News, citing several sources familiar with the decisions of the authorities of China and had seen the relevant documents, reported that “patient zero” was an employee of the Wuhan lab. Documents seen by the interlocutors Fox News, describe in detail how doctors in the lab trying to contain the spread of the virus in the early stages. The sources of the TV channel said that the source of the virus could not become Wuhan market animals and seafood and assumed that the Chinese authorities are especially invented this version in order to divert suspicion from the lab.
The US President Donald trump said that America “will examine this terrible situation,” he threatened China with serious consequences in case of concealment of facts about the coronavirus.
The foreign Ministry of China declared that the version about the leak of a coronavirus from laboratory of Wuhan has no evidence.
In the scientific world there is consensus that the natural origin of SARS-CoV-2. His think tank the bats, and the ability to infect people, the virus is likely acquired through animals-intermediation (snakes or pangolin).
An alternative point of view in an interview with “Radio Liberty” expressed the Czech virologist Srna the Pitch. She believes unnatural regulatory region of the virus, which got her thinking about changing his genetic code is man.