Ex-chief of MI6 claims coronavirus escaped from a Chinese lab.
Sir Richard Dearlove, MI6 boss from 1999 until 2004, believes that COVID-19 is man-made, Mail Online reveals.
To support his theory, Sir Dearlove cited an ‘important’ report from Professor Angus Dalgleish of St George’s Hospital, University of London, and Norwegian virologist Birger Sorensen. According to the report, the novel virus was manufactured in a laboratory.
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The scientists involved in the research claim to have identified ‘inserted sections placed on the Sars-CoV-2 Spike surface’ which the virus uses to attach onto cells. Moreover, they have observed these sections were ‘significantly different from any Sars we have studied’.
In an interview for The Telegraph’s Planet Normal podcast, Sir Dearlove explained:
“I do not think that this started as an accident. It raises the issue if China ever were to admit responsibility, does it pay reparations? I think it will make every country in the world rethink how it treats its relationship with China.”
The former MI6 chief suggests that the scientists at a laboratory in Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first detected, could have secretly been carrying out experiments on bat coronaviruses. Then, somehow, the virus accidentally escaped through a lapse in biosecurity.
Furthermore, Sir Dearlove claims that the paper had been rewritten several times. He adds that an earlier version apparently claimed coronavirus could accurately be called the ‘Wuhan virus’.