The biosecurity expert who oversaw the Wuhan lab’s construction dismisses the leak theory as a “zero percent” chance.
After watching the building of a new biosafety security measure at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a biosecurity expert and virology researcher who worked at the French embassy in China claimed he didn’t believe COVID-19 came from the facility.
Gabriel Gras, in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post, reaffirmed the institute’s safety, saying the risk of a leak was “zero percent.”
Gras supervised and validated the safety of a biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) laboratory after working with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the French government.
Gras told the Post, “I have no trouble working in this [BSL-4] facility.” “I wouldn’t feel threatened. The lab is of excellent quality. It was my daily work to check this, and I was fully involved because of my background as a safety [consultant], lab designer, and virology scientist.”
According to America’s intelligence establishment, the Wuhan lab scenario, which was initially disregarded as a conspiracy, has never been completely ruled out.
China has compared the arguments in the United States on the subject to the discussions about weapons of mass destruction that took place prior to the start of the Iraqi war.
While the biosafety levels were built in 2017, and Gras had not returned to the facility since, he told the Post that the chance of a pathogen like the coronavirus escaping from the institute’s BSL-3 laboratory on another campus in Wuhan was between 1% and 3%, and the BSL-4 facility was zero percent.
Gras affirmed, “I am 100 percent confident it is not produced, manufactured in a lab.” “When you see this virus, all the scientists who have looked at it around the world would agree with the WHO: this virus is a natural virus.”
The lab-leak theory does not imply genetic manipulation, but it does consider the possibility of an accident resulting in the leak of a natural virus, according to the Post. Although Gras was confident COVID-19 did not come from the lab, the lab-leak theory does not imply genetic manipulation, but it does consider the possibility of an accident resulting in the leak of a natural virus, according to the Post.
Shi Zhengli, the head of the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, was also recommended by Gras. According to the Post, Shi had described the countless “sleepless nights” she had. This is a brief summary.