A Russian microbiologist says Wuhan laboratory scientists “did absolutely crazy things” to alter coronavirus and enabled it to infect humans.
But professor Petr Chumakov, considered an expert in the field, said the aim of the mostly Chinese research team was to study the pathogenicity of the virus and not “with malicious intent” to deliberately create a man-made killer.
Chumakov said the Wuhan Laboratory team have been actively involved in the development of various coronavirus variants for more than 10 years, possibly in the name of HIV vaccine research.
“They did absolutely crazy things, in my opinion,” he told a Moscow newspaper.
“The picture of the possible creation of the current coronavirus is slowly emerging.
“It is interesting that the Chinese and Americans who worked with them published all their works in the open (scientific) press. I think that an investigation will nevertheless be initiated, as a result of which new rules will be developed that regulate the work with the genomes of such dangerous viruses. It’s too early to blame anyone.”
The Daily Mail said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned this week against allegations the pandemic virus could be man-made, saying “there is not enough information that has been supported and checked by science.”