DRASTIC Investigation Finds Wuhan Labs a DISASTER ZONE

Crumbling sewers, no PPE, & filthy cages – Inside ‘chaotic & crowded’ Wuhan labs which may have unleashed Covid

By Imogen Braddick

Jun 28 2021

A bombshell study in the U.S. Sun (https://www.the-sun.com/news/3174242/wuhan-labs-leak-covid-chaotic-crowded/) found grotty sewage systems were potentially contaminating canals with toxic waste from the labs, university students failed to wear lab coats or eye protection, and facilities were slammed as “chaotic and crowded”.

WITH crumbling sewers and filthy animal cages, these are the shoddy conditions of labs in Wuhan which could have unleashed Covid.

Billy Bostickson, an anonymous researcher from DRASTIC, an international team of scientists and sleuths attempting to fill in the gaps on Covid’s origins, and Yvette Ghannam, from Walden University, compiled a damning 60-page report on the labs. (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350887648_3_WUHAN_LABORATORIES_BAT_RESEARCH_AND_BIOSAFETY)

What the DRASTIC investigation found:

Labs at Wuhan University were filled with “lots of debris.”
Students did not wear lab coats or eye protection.
There were no chemical waste facilities.
The “experiment” areas were not separated from the common areas.
Inspectors described the university lab as “crowded and chaotic.”
Sewage and drainage systems were damaged and old at the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products.
Documents show how waste was “potentially contaminating local canals and creeks.”
The animal experimentation centre at the Wuhan Institute of Virology contains 3,268 cages of live animals, including 12 ferret cages and 12 bat cages.

Researchers have uncovered a number of unnerving biosafety hazards at the WIV, the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and Wuhan University.

And they say suspicion does need to be just on WIV – but potentially all the labs in Wuhan need to come under scrutiny in the hunt for Covid’s origins.

And now a detailed examination of a host of other labs in Wuhan which carry out coronavirus research on bats has revealed a catalogue of shocking errors.

The concerning report, uncovered and quoted by the researchers, said there were no chemical waste facilities, and the “experiment” areas were not separated from the common areas, leading to potential contamination.

It left the labs in a “crowded and chaotic” state, inspectors said.

Bostickson and Ghannam confirmed the errors “support the possibility of a lab leak” of Covid, “either via an experimental animal or an infected researcher at one of the Wuhan University laboratories”.

And the authors noted another disturbing finding at the nearby Wuhan Institute of Biological Products.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been at the centre of the probe into the Covid origins

During their investigation into the facility, they found its sewage and drainage systems were damaged and old, “potentially contaminating local canals and creeks”.

A tender from China Testing Network in 2019 said: “Some of the equipment and facilities are old, and the instrumentation and control functions in the station have been damaged, which has greatly affected the normal operation.”

Researchers also revealed the whopping size of the animal experimentation centre at the WIV, where suspicions have grown over the origins of the pandemic.

Built in 1996, the 1,216 m2 facility contains 3,268 cages of live animals, including 12 ferret cages and 12 bat cages.

At least three laboratories were actively involved in studies of bat coronaviruses and/or bat sampling activities without the use of proper PPE in the years leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Bostickson and Ghannam said.

“These three laboratories are thus considered potential sources for accidental leaks whether within the laboratory or during field sampling expeditions.”

What was initially dismissed as a conspiracy theory has gained traction to the extent that President Joe Biden has ordered US spies to investigate.

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British intelligence has also reportedly assessed the lab leak theory and upgraded its likeliness from “remote” to “feasible”.

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Speaking to The Sun Online, Bostickson said the study provides more circumstantial evidence of a lab leak, but “nothing concrete”.

“We need more whistleblowers, more internal documents, we need [Peter] Daszak and others to be subpoenaed and questioned,” he said.

Daszak is the head of EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based non-profit organisation, which used grants from the National Institutes of Health in the US to fund controversial gain-of-function research in Wuhan.

Asked whether a lab leak could have been accidental or intentional, Bostickson said:” I don’t think [it was] deliberate but you never know.”

Gilles Demaneuf, a data analyst from DRASTIC, told The Sun Online the WIV is a “good contender” for the source of the lab leak – but it could have emerged from one of a number of labs in Wuhan.

“DRASTIC never only focused on WIV… we started by reviewing all labs involved in bat coronavirus research, including the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products next door,” he said.

The campus of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan

Richard H Ebright, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University, also said staff working on projects around bat SARS-related coronaviruses at the WIV were poorly protected and there was a lax approach to biosecurity.

He said they used “personal protective equipment, usually just gloves; sometimes not even gloves” and safety standards “were usually just Biosafety level 2”.

Professor Ebright said “that would pose a high risk of infection of field-collection, field-survey, or laboratory staff upon contact with a virus having the transmission properties of SARS-CoV-2”.

He is one of the growing number of scientists who have said the lab leak theory needs to be fully examined, telling The Sun Online he has an open mind about whether Covid could have been transmitted to humans via animals.

He said there is “circumstantial evidence” which is “noteworthy”.

Professor Ebright said that the Wuhan Institute of Virology “has the world’s largest collection of horseshoe-bat viruses, and that possessed and worked with the world’s closest published relative of” Covid.

And he said the behaviour of the Chinese has also raised suspicion, in particular refusal to allow World Health Organisation investigators full access.

“A nation or an institution seeking to its clear name immediately would open the books, open the databases, and open the freezers,” he said.

“A nation or an institution seeking to hide culpability would not.

“The actions of China and the Wuhan Institute of Virology over the last eighteen months have matched the actions of a nation and institution seeking to hide culpability.”

https://www.the-sun.com/news/3174242/wuhan-labs-leak-covid-chaotic-crowded/

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