Evidence increasingly points to Wuhan Institute of Virology as source of nouvel coronavirus


For background, see,

“Did China manipulate the coronavirus to make it more dangerous?” The Trenchant Observer, June 4, 2020.

The available evidence increasingly points to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) as the source of the nouvel coronavirus which has caused an unprecedented pandemic throughout the world.

Evidence, including circumstantial evidence, suggests that the Institute had been engaged in developing “Chimeras” or artificially strengthened viruses, in conducting extremely risky and dangerous research, that the coronavirus was one such “Chimera”, and that as a result of some kind of an accident it was released into the world.

This account of the origins of the coronavirus has been out there since at least June 2020, but for a variety of reasons it has largely been dismissed,  Tellingly, the rebuttals and dismissals never seemed to address the detailed scientific and other factual arguments advanced by proponents of this theory.

As more and more details have emerged, the account identifying the WIV as the source of the nouvel coronavirus has become the only plausible account of the origin of the virus and its spread throughout the world.

From a scientific point of view, there appears to be no stronger hypothesis regarding the origins of the nouvel coronavirus, while those who have dismissed this account have failed to back up rheir dismissals with hard scientific and other factual evidence.


Josh Rogin,”In 2018, Diplomats Warned of Risky Coronavirus Experiments in a Wuhan Lab; No One Listened; After seeing a risky lab, they wrote a cable warning to Washington; But it was ignored,” Politico (Magazine), March 8, 2021 (4:30 a.m. EST).

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