The Wuhan laboratory at the center of a storm over the origins of Covid-19 was granted a patent for cages to house live bats for testing just months before the virus spread.
Last week, the World Health Organization said a leak from the institute was “highly unlikely,” but gave some credibility to theories that the virus may have entered China via frozen meat.
This narrative is being promoted by the Chinese government.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) reportedly filed patents for “bat rearing cages” and “artificial breeding systems” less than 12 months before the coronavirus first appeared in December 2019.
WIV has been tested internationally, as it is known to have carried out experiments with bat coronaviruses – and is located just a few kilometers from Covids Ground Zero.
The post on Sunday In June 2018, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) reportedly filed an application for patenting “bat rearing cages” that can “grow and breed healthily under artificial conditions”.
The patent was reportedly granted in January 2019 – 11 months before Beijing reported that the first cases of the virus had broken out in the city just a few kilometers from the institute.
A separate patent, filed by the institute on October 16, 2020, relates to the “artificial breeding method of wild bats”, has been reported.
The patent reportedly discusses the transmission of SARS-CoV from bats to humans and other animals between species. It states: “Bats that are naturally or artificially infected with the virus have no obvious clinical symptoms and the mechanism is unknown.”
The new revelations about the bat cages raise further questions about the work that the Chinese scientists – led by Dr. Shi Zhengli, known as Batwoman – did in the months leading up to the pandemic.
WIV had previously denied that WIV kept live bats on site – however, an online profile of the lab claimed it could hold 12 bat cages.
WHO investigator Peter Daszak, who has long been associated with WIV, had previously claimed that no live bats were kept by the laboratory.
In April last year, he said, “All bats will be returned to their burrows after sampling. This is a conservation measure and much safer than killing them or trying to keep them in a laboratory for the spread of disease.”
In December, he appeared to reiterate the claim, stating that labs he had worked with: “NO live or dead bats in them. There is nowhere evidence that this happened.”
WHO investigator Dominic Dwyer has alleged Communist Party authorities have refused to provide raw data on some of the first suspected Covid cases.
He said, “I couldn’t comment on why that doesn’t happen. Whether it’s political, or time, or difficult.
“But I don’t know if there are other reasons why the data are not available. One would only speculate.”
The WHO mission was tightly controlled and staged by China – and even the scientists visited a propaganda museum celebrating Wuhan’s fight against Covid.