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Russia denies convincing evidence of artificial origin of Covid-19

Russia denies convincing evidence of artificial origin of Covid-19

Moscow, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) Russian expert Alexander Semyonov, one of the heads of the State Scientific Center of Virology and Vector Biotechnology, said on Friday that there is no evidence of the artificial origin of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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‘If you study the history of infectious diseases and other related coronaviruses, everything moves in favor of a natural source that penetrated the human population,’ he said, according to TASS news agency.

Semyonov noted at the Let’s Understand Vaccines Together educational campaign, organized by the Russian Knowledge Society, that bats were the main reservoir.

The head of the Vector Center, which belongs to Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor), explained that the route of penetration of the virus into the human population has not yet been identified.

‘But initially the virus is absolutely natural, we did not find supernatural things that we would not see in other coronaviruses,’ he stressed.

He emphasized that claims about the artificial origin of the virus are political. In this sense, he called to separate ‘political games from scientific facts’.

Unfortunately, there is too much politics surrounding this pandemic and too many groups are pursuing their interests,’ he noted.

The expert commented that at present, most of the world’s scientific centers are daily monitoring the mutations of the coronavirus and its resistance to drugs.


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