USA — In what appears to be an astonishing revelation, a US-based scientist, Andrew Huff, has claimed that Covid-19 was a ‘man-made virus’ that leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as reported by the tabloid The New York Post.
Huff claimed that Covid leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China two years ago and blamed authorities for the ‘biggest US intelligence failure since 9/11’, The New York Post reported quoting UK-based tabloid The Sun.
Huff, who has just published his new book, ‘The Truth About Wuhan’, further claimed that the pandemic was caused by the US government’s funding of coronaviruses in China.
He also mentioned that China’s gain-of-function experiments were conducted with inadequate and lax security, which led to a leak at the Wuhan lab.
“Foreign laboratories did not have the adequate control measures in place for ensuring proper biosafety, biosecurity, and risk management, ultimately resulting in the lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” he said in his book, which was exclusively excerpted in Britain’s The Sun.
As per the New York Post report, Huff is the former vice president of the EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit organization based in New York that studies infectious diseases.
“China knew from day one that this was a genetically engineered agent,” Andrew Huff wrote, adding that, “The US government is to blame for the transfer of dangerous biotechnology to the Chinese. I was terrified by what I saw,” he told The Sun.
For more than a decade, the organization has been studying several coronaviruses in bats with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has forged close ties to the Wuhan lab.
The NIH is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research.
China, where the first case of the coronavirus was reported in December 2019 in Wuhan city, has been at the center of debates about the origins of Covid. However, the authorities have denied the claim that virus leaked from the facility.
This research institute has been under immense pressure from the ruling Chinese Communist Party to produce scientific breakthroughs to raise its global status despite the lack of resources.