(ORDO NEWS) — Genetic sequences on the surface of the coronavirus indicate that it is not of natural origin, but probably developed by Chinese and American scientists. So says the Norwegian vaccine scientist Birger Sørensen. He was supported by the former head of British intelligence.
In a new study published in the respected Quarterly Review of Biophysics, Sørensen and British professor Angus Dalgleish argue that the so-called spike-shaped coronavirus protein contains sequences that look like they were put there artificially.
Two scientists also claim that the virus has not mutated since it began to spread among people, which means that it was fully adapted to humans in advance. According to Sørensen, this is very unusual for viruses crossing the species barrier.
Sørensen claims that the virus has properties that are very different from the properties of the SARS virus and have never been found in nature before.
“When we technically describe a virus, we certainly see that it was not the result of natural development. It was produced by Americans and Chinese in the course of their research on the so-called “mutations with the acquisition of a function.” Such work is being carried out all over the world. Nobody talks about it, but in advanced laboratories it is carried out constantly, “Sørensen said.
China and the United States have been collaborating for many years on coronavirus research. During experiments on the study of mutations with the acquisition of function, scientists artificially increase the infectivity of the virus so that it is easier to use in scientific experiments. Such altered viruses are called “chimeras.”
British intelligence chief: “Laboratory accident”
In recent days, Sørensen’s find has sparked fierce debate in the British press.
According to Richard Dearlove, a former British intelligence chief at MI-6 from 1999 to 2004, Telegraph, the work of two scientists suggests that a pandemic paralyzing the world may have originated in the laboratory.
“I think it all started with an accident. And so the question is whether China will take responsibility for it and whether it will pay compensation. I think that all countries will have to reconsider their attitude towards China and its leadership, ”said Dirlav.
True, a representative of Downing Street, in response to a statement by Dirlav, said that today there is no evidence of the artificial origin of the virus.
For several months now, someone has been claiming from time to time that the virus could have begun to spread as a result of a leak from the laboratory of the Virology Institute in Wuhan, the most advanced virology laboratory in China.
Such statements are categorically denied by the leadership of the institute, which claims that the laboratory never worked with viruses that resemble SARS-CoV-2.
“This is pure fiction. For the first time, our institute conducted clinical trials of this virus on December 30, ”said the head of the institute, Wang Yani, to the Chinese state television channel CGTN.
China still has not determined the null patient or the exact place where the outbreak began. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention examined the first infected in the Wuhan fish market area, and they showed that the infection did not originate there.
According to Sørensen, however, it was Chinese scientists who first pointed out the modified sequences on the surface of the virus. True, he argues, in recent months, China has closed all studies of this kind.
“Information about these added sequences would never be published. If it were today, nothing would have happened. The Chinese made a big mistake. The sequences added to the virus have the functionality that we describe. We explain why they are significant. But the Chinese pointed them first, ”says Sørensen.
In his work, Sørensen thanks the research director John Fredrik Moxnes of the Norwegian Institute for Defense Research for “invaluable help” in the work.
Moxnes said he used his knowledge of computing power in collaboration with Sørensen and his vaccine company Immunor.
“Modern vaccine development has a lot to do with computing power and biotechnology, and it’s important that Norway is involved,” he told NRK.
Doubt potential vaccines to work
Sørensen believes that the current potential vaccines are likely to have side effects, as they target the so-called spike virus protein, and 80% of its genetic material is very similar to the genetic material of human protein.
“78.4% of the epitopes of the spike protein are identical to ours, human. And as a result, there is a 78.4 percent chance that vaccines targeting this protein will have some side effects. ”
As dengue and HIV vaccine trials have shown, there is a significant risk that the vaccine can cause an even more serious illness as a result of a process called antibody-dependent infection intensification (ADI).
Sørensen is currently working on his own potential vaccine called Biovacc-19. It is aimed at those 20% of the genetic material of the virus that do not coincide with the human.
However, Norway showed little interest in financing vaccine development experiments.
“We do not participate in this big race and do not strive to finish first. But we have created a potential vaccine that is fundamentally different from everyone else. And the best drugs will be funded and promoted anyway, ”says Sørensen.
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