After Biden spoke out, Australian virologists came forward with dissatisfaction: What about the evidence?
“If there is evidence, we will act. But you have to show some evidence.”
Although the World Health Organization has conducted multiple rounds of virus traceability research in China, it has long been confirmed that the virus is “extremely unlikely” to leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Still, the United States has speculated on the traceability conspiracy theory, and Biden also publicly asked the intelligence department to “double it.” “Intensively” investigate the source of the virus and produce a report 90 days later. Biden’s “presumption of guilt” made the members of the WHO expert team feel dissatisfied.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report on the 28th, Australian virologist Dominic Dwyer (Dominic Dwyer) defended the team’s research results after Biden’s announcement. Dwyer was once a member of the Australian representative of the WHO’s new crown virus traceability expert group.
At the beginning of this year, he spent a month in Wuhan. He told ABC that there is no new evidence that the virus has leaked from the laboratory, and China has actively cooperated with traceability research.
Professor Dwyer felt that Biden wanted the intelligence department to “produce a report,” The implication was to produce a “report that satisfies him.” He said that the U.S. intelligence agencies were asked to create “information that may be helpful,” but “they haven’t done this yet.”
“Biden said that the multiple reports he received from intelligence agencies are contradictory,” Dwyer said. “This incident, I seem to show, that there is no clear evidence (proving the laboratory leak). Otherwise, it happened at that time. What’s going on must be very clear.”
Dwyer also said, “The difficulty of finding evidence (supporting laboratory leaks) cannot be underestimated. It isn’t easy. We need to see the evidence.”
“If there is evidence, we will act. But you have to show us the money (But show us the money),” he said.
“If there is evidence, we will act, but you have to show evidence!”
It is also worth mentioning that Dwyer recalled that Wuhan officials “pretty open” during the WHO team’s research process.
“If we were to conduct traceability research in Australia, New Zealand, or other similar places, the evidence we searched, the questions raised, and the answers we got would be the same,” Dwyer said.
On January 29 this year, Dwyer and other WHO experts were in a hotel in Wuhan.
Regarding the traceability of the new crown virus, Dwyer said that it might take “a lot of time, many years” to find the origin, and it must be through the cooperation of various countries. “Forty years ago, the Ebola virus broke out in Africa, but it was only in recent years that the origin was found,” he said. “It was also SARS in 2003. It took 10 to 15 years to find the virus in the animal host.”
“You need to deepen cooperation and work together openly and transparently. The more people struggle or fight for so-called political scores, the less likely it is to find the source of the virus together.” Dwyer called for the need to strengthen diplomacy. “We (scientists) can only do scientific things.”
On the 26th, the official website of “Nature” criticized that the rumors about “laboratory leaks” made many researchers feel uneasy, and exaggerating such controversies may hinder research on the origin of the virus and hinder cooperation between countries in the fight against the epidemic.
Shen Yi, a professor at Fudan University, told Observer.com that the mission of U.S. intelligence agencies is to distinguish the authenticity of the information. That virus traceability is scientific work done by scientists. Now when the U.S. intelligence agency is “given a heavy responsibility” by the U.S. government, there is a subtext behind it: the new crown virus must have come out of the laboratory, which reproduces Powell’s “washing powder” in an open forum.
It is not the first time that WHO experts are dissatisfied with Western political manipulation.
After the end of traceability in China this year, Dwyer said in an interview with foreign media that he is currently relatively satisfied and expressed his desire to obtain more data. However, Western media such as the “Wall Street Journal” and “New York Times” took it out of context and distorted his words as “China refuses to give WHO expert case information.” British virologist Peter Desk, who is also in the expert group, immediately protested, saying that their cooperation with China in Wuhan went smoothly. The Western media described no situation.
By the way, Dwyer himself had previously posted an article on the Australian media “Dialogue” website recalling his experience of working in China. He introduced in the report that he saw the cases in the early stages of the epidemic. The doctors who treated them saw many individuals and communities that were initially impacted by the epidemic and checked much clinical epidemiology and molecular epidemiology of the epidemic. He also “became colleagues and even friends,” cooperating with Chinese scientists and doctors and established “trust and respect” that cannot be achieved through email and video conferences.
Dwyer made it clear that the possibility of the new coronavirus being “manufactured or leaked” from the Wuhan virus laboratory is extremely low, not only because the Wuhan virus laboratory has suitable protective measures, and there is no evidence that researchers have been infected with the new coronavirus (including blood). No new crown antibody was found. Moreover, what the Wuhan Virus Laboratory has is the genetic sequence of a coronavirus similar to the new coronavirus, and it has not been able to cultivate this virus. Therefore, experts unanimously believe that the so-called virus was manufactured or leaked by the Wuhan laboratory. Extremely unlikely.
Dwyer said that the trip to China is only the “first stage” of the work. Then the expert team will trace the source of the new crown virus in other places, such as investigating the evidence that the virus appeared in Europe earlier in 2019. There are continuing researches on wild animals and other animals in related areas.