China’s ‘bat woman’ and her ‘killer’ lab: inside Wuhan’s covid ...

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China’s ‘bat woman’ and her ‘killer’ lab: inside Wuhan’s covid facility

This is the storied history of the virus institute blamed by Donald Trump for causing the global pandemic

Roland Oliphant, Nicola Smith and Henry Samuel

A state-of-the art facility purpose-built to handle research into the world’s most deadly pathogens, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), played a crucial role in identifying the virus now known as Covid-19.

It was Shi Zhengli, the laboratory’s globally respected expert in the transmission of animal-borne coronavirus to humans, who led a team that worked tirelessly to find the cause of the mysterious disease that appeared in Wuhan, a city of 11 million on the Yangtze river 965km south of Beijing, in late December 2019.

Now Donald Trump has accused the lab of causing the very pandemic it helped identify – to the fury of scientists and Chinese authorities...

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