United States: In a recent UN meeting, a report named a “research-related incident” was heard while launching a report – calling for improved regulation on experiments that tend to spark pandemics was taking place.

An associate professor of science and international security at King’s College London, Dr Filippa Lentzos, said that it must be taken seriously by the scientific community that scientists might have initiated the pandemic.

Better regulations on science are demanded at the meeting

According to the views shared by the Independent Task Force on Research with Pandemic Risks at the launch, there is a need for better regulations on science because little negligency can put a lot of people in grave danger.

DR Lentzos, while speaking at the UN in New York, who is a member of the task force, stated – “We have to acknowledge the fact that the pandemic could have started from some research-related incident.”

He further added, “Are we going to find that out? In my view, I think it’s very unlikely that we will. We need to do better in future. We are going to see more ambiguous events.”

Furthermore, “There will be an outbreak and we won’t know if it’s natural, deliberate or accidental and as an international community we need to find ways in which we can investigate that,” and, “For our purposes what is important we need to acknowledge that it could have been, and so what should your responses be,” reported The Telegraph reports.

Coronavirus’ link with Wuhan Institute of Virology

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The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in Wuhan, China, eight miles away from which Coronavirus first emerged, had a history of performing experiments on gain-of-function mode -means to work that raises the abilities of viruses and also had been in the news for its lax security arrangements.

Moreover, no proper investigation was allowed by the Chinese authorities, which blocked several attempts to access laboratories, research papers, or any sample databases.

Since that occurrence, WIV has been stripped of its funding by the United States after when the Department of Human Health and Services (HHS) made the ruling about the laboratory performing threatening experiments for increasing the potency of coronaviruses before the beginning of the pandemic, reported by the Telegraph.

Chances of accidents by new experiments increased – Report

The task force authors published in its new report that modern virology research has “increased the ability of scientists to create and work with viruses that could accidentally or intentionally cause harm in some cases with potentially devastating global consequences.”

Additionally, authors warned, “If a virus has true pandemic potential, the entire world can be affected by an accident,” reported The Telegraph.

As Telegraph reports stated, according to the author David Relman, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University, even though the task force did not “explicitly address” the origins of Covid, the question “does underlie the premises, assumptions, and purpose of this work.”

What more did the report state?

As per the reports, research that has the tendency to spark a pandemic would have a higher chance of near-term benefits offered to the public globally. However, it must have an international security scanner, which would scrutinize beyond normal health and safety.

Moreover, it was stated that such experiments must be conducted only when no other alternatives were available.

In addition, the group advocated for new guidelines for sample gathering and laboratory work. It is feared that there is a possibility that the virus could have spread from Wuhan after some scientists picked up bats infected with the virus in the remote, unexplored cave regions, where they did not even wear protective gear, Reported the Telegraph.

Ravi Gupta, a professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Cambridge and the task force co-chairman, stated while addressing the UN that it was important to “regulate activities with tissues from, for example, bats.”


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