Lies Upon Lies
“I never worked with Live SARS-like coronaviruses,” Hu, stated. Ben Hu, a scientist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, was reportedly one of the first people to get sick. He is the assistant researcher to Zhengli Shi. An underling, you could say.
Hu was fibbing.
As far back as 2005, the WIV laboratory first identified a novel coronavirus similar to the SARS virus in Chinese bats, and named it SARS-like coronavirus (SARS-like coronavirus or SARS-related coronavirus), confirming that bats are the natural reservoir host of a class of coronaviruses related to SARS virus.
In 2017, Hu wrote:
“In addition to epidemiological investigation and sequence analysis, we also conducted cellular infection experiments to investigate the potential cross-species transmission ability of the newly discovered SARS-like coronavirus in bats.”
His name also appears on several papers such as one titled Isolation of ACE2-dependent and -independent sarbecoviruses from Chinese horseshoe bats.
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