El "artículo" que sugiere que el coronavirus fue creado en un laboratorio no tiene evidencias científicas
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In January 2020, conspiracy theories circulated that the COVID-19 pandemic originated from viruses engineered by the WIV, which were refuted on the basis of scientific evidence that the virus has natural origins. In mid-January, U.S. intelligence agencies reported to U.S. officials that they had not detected any alarm within the Chinese government that would suggest the outbreak had emerged from a government laboratory. In an opinion column in the Washington Post in April 2020, Josh Rogin claimed that US State Department cables from 2018 raised safety concerns about WIV's research on bat coronaviruses. After the cables were published in July 2020, Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, told the Washington Post, "I don't see any evidence to support the idea that this was released deliberately or inadvertently." In April 2020, at the request of Trump administration officials, U.S. intelligence agencies began investigating whether the outbreak originated from the accidental exposure by WIV scientists studying natural coronaviruses in bats. The New York Times reported that senior officials in the Trump administration were pressuring intelligence agencies to find evidence for the unsubstantiated theory that the virus leaked from the laboratory, leading to concern among some intelligence analysts that intelligence assessments would be distorted to serve a political campaign to lay blame on China for the outbreak. US President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have claimed to have evidence of the lab theory, but have offered no further details.
Leading virologists have disputed the idea that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from the institute. The virologist Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance, which studies emerging infectious diseases, has had a 15-year collaboration with Shi Zhengli, a leading WIV virologist, to study bat coronaviruses. Daszak noted estimates that millions of people who live or work in proximity to bats in Southeast Asia are infected each year with bat coronaviruses. In an interview with Vox, Daszak comments, "There are probably half a dozen people that do work in those labs. So let's compare 1 million to 7 million people a year to half a dozen people; it's just not logical." Jonna Mazet, Professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Davis and director of the PREDICT project to monitor emerging viruses, has commented that staff at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were trained by U.S. scientists as part of the PREDICT program and follow high safety standards, and that "All of the evidence points to this not being a laboratory accident."
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