New claims that the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was engineered have been dismissed by scientific and intelligence experts.
The authors of a British-Norwegian vaccine study -accepted by the Quarterly Review of Biophysics – claim that the coronavirus’s spike protein contains sequences that appear to be artificially inserted.
The Norwegian scientist Birger Sorensen and British oncologist Angus Dalgleish claim that they have identified “inserted sections placed on the SARS-CoV-2 spike surface” that explains how the virus interacts with cells in the human body. Virologists note that similar sections appear naturally on other viruses. Sir Richard Dearlove said Sorensen and Dalgleish’s research show that the pandemic may have started at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, adding that he thought it unlikely to have been released deliberately, but that China had clearly tried to cover up the release.
Intelligence sources from Britain’s MI5 have dismissed the idea as “rumor and conspiracy”. Dearlove has previously been criticised in the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War for promoting “flawed intelligence”.
Sorensen and Dalngleish’s work contradicts the international scientific consensus that although the coronavirus pandemic originated in Wuhan, there is no evidence that it had been artificially engineered