Scientists at the Chinese laboratory, believed to be a possible cause of the coronavirus pandemic, were reportedly previously filmed handling bats without protection when they were bitten and splattered with blood.
State TV Material showed researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) disregard gloves, masks and other PPE when handling bats and collecting droppings in the field, Taiwan News first noted.
In a section told Virus expert Cui Jie, how a bat’s fangs once went straight through his glove, and described it as the feeling of being “stabbed with a needle”.
The video, which first aired in China on December 29, 2017 was then cut on a person’s limb that had been severely swollen from an apparent bat bite. Scientists also admitted being splattered with blood during the research, according to the Sun.
When a scientist was shown how to handle samples with his bare hands, the narrator stated that the risk of injury “is still there “And that team members were given a rabies vaccine before each field test, according to the Taiwanese report.
Shi Zhengli, the now notorious head of the laboratory’s” bat woman “, denied fears in an article that has since been deleted, claiming that “This job is not as dangerous as everyone thinks,” according to Taiwan News.
“The likelihood of directly infecting people is very slim,” she wrote before her lab had been involved due to the coronavirus pandemic More than 3.5 million people were killed worldwide Thursday, became the focus of global attention.
“In most cases, only ordinary protection is used,” she admitted at the time her risky research too.
The video was broadcast on Chinese TV to showcase the lab’s work and celebrate the director of the “Bat Woman,” according to Taiwan News.
But it has surfaced again since the World leaders are increasingly concerned about possible links to the pandemic. President Biden this week ordered US spy agencies to conduct a 90-day investigation.
Former President Donald Trump and his administration have long raised suspicions that the bat research lab is at the epicenter of the pandemic outbreak and the like Viruses examined.
Biden eventually turned his attention to the lab after it emerged that a U.S. intelligence report raised concerns that three of the lab’s researchers had contracted a mysterious illness in November 2019, just before the first COVID hit 19 cases have been officially reported.
The renewed focus even encouraged Facebook to lift the ban on stories linking the lab to the outbreak.
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