There has been a bit of to and fro on this issue whether Coronavirus originated from wet market or was it synthetic, that is , manufactured in a laboratory in Wuhan. However, there seems to be some credence to the latest claim by someone who has become quite popular after she chose to be a whistleblower on the issues relating to pandemic.
Dr Li-Meng Yan fled to the United States over safety concerns. Appearing on a show from a secret location, the virologist has claimed that she will soon publish her findings. Chinese virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan has claimed that the novel coronavirus was made in a government controlled laboratory in Wuhan and asserted that she has scientific proof to back the claim.
I am not going into the merits or demerits of the claim, nor do I have the qualification to validate the claim, which even the mightiest of the agencies have not been able to do. I have no love or respect for our northern neighbour given it’s expansionist motive. However, I doubt whether the world’s most populous nation will go to such an extreme as to unleash a mutated virus strain that affects almost the entire world and that it timed its spread around Chinese new year to ensure that travellers seed this virus in all the natives of the places they visit!
There are certain nations that have come in possession of nuclear weapons and they constantly flaunt their power! However, what’s several times more dangerous than the nuclear arsenal is chemical warfare. We heard that Iraq possessed chemical weapons, leading to US attack on the nation that resulted in the death of Saddam Hussain. Whether US forces found cache of chemical weapons is not known or at least publicly revealed, but what appears certainty is North Korea possessing chemical weapons. One of the Pakistani Ministers recently claimed to be in the possession of technology that would ensure that only non Muslims get killed when that nation unleashed its weapon power on India, though it was later clarified that this Minister was known for his “tongue in cheek” remarks not to be taken seriously.
Why Corona virus was synthesised in Wuhan lab? It’s like every nuclear power claiming to be using the nuclear technology for peaceful pursuits only. May be China was experimenting on some drug for human welfare but the controlled environment inside the Government lab was probably not safe enough. If one such contagious strain that probably was not aimed at causing destruction, has unleashed such savagery on mankind, what devastation can an arsenal of deadly nuclear and chemical weapons cause, I shudder to even think about it!
Like the entire world has come together to fight the pandemic and extended cooperation to each other, the world community must also come together to neutralise the very real prospects of a chemical or nuclear warfare, especially with some of the none too reliable nations and their regimes possessing this capability.
Corona pandemic is teaching a new lesson each day to the mankind. It’s up to us to imbibe these lessons and save our planet earth for our future generations.