“它不知从何而来, 并且它被优化用于人与人之间的传播，这是蝙蝠传播的冠状病毒从未有过的方式. 那么这是什么一回事? A pangolin gets mated with a bat gets mated with a furin cleavage site of a human being? How does that happen? It’s not probable. 事实上, it was statistically 1 在 13 百万至 1 在 13 十亿, when I talked to our bio-statisticians,” 他说 “故事.”
The virus’ true origins remain unknown, but the possibility it accidentally leaked from a Wuhan lab known for its risky coronavirus experiments has gained increasing credence 最近几个月. The Wuhan Institute of Virology has conducted so-called “gain of function” 研究, which involves modifying a virus to make it more infectious among humans.
Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said in March that he believed the virus most likely escaped from a lab, pointing to how efficiently it transmitted.
“I have spent my life in virology,” 他告诉CNN. “I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human. And at that moment in time, the virus that came to the human became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human to human transmission. Normally when a pathogen goes from a zoonotic to human, it takes a while for it to figure out how to become more and more efficient in humans, human transmission. I just don’t think this makes biological sense.”
Asher, a contractor for the State Department during the Trump administration, 告诉福克斯新闻 on Thursday that the government probe he led last year into the origins of the 新冠病毒 found practically no evidence COVID-19 originated from nature. He said that while he welcomed the new intelligence probe into the virus’ origins ordered by 拜登总统, it would likely only bring old information to light.
Asher helped draft the Trump State Department memo released Jan. 15 that said the Wuhan Institute of Virology was not a merely civilian institution and had collaborated on secret projects with the Chinese military since 2017.
“We had very definitive information, only a bit of which we put out publicly, that showed they were engaged in this classified, secret effort to develop these super viruses and that it appeared it had spilled out of that laboratory,” 他说. “That was the only plausible information that we were presented.”
Asher said the National Institutes of Health and CDC wouldn’t provide proof that the virus originated from nature, 称它为 “玩笑。”
Asher’s investigation came out of the State Department’s arms control and verification (中风) bureau and initially launched at the request of former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before ending 今年.
福克斯新闻’ 泰勒·奥尔森（Tyler Olson）为本报告做出了贡献.