As the vaccination rate for the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) is accelerating, countries around the world are preparing for ‘With Corona’, and there is worrying news from Laos.
The New York Times (NYT) reported on the 14th (local time) that a form of coronavirus similar to the Corona 19 virus was found in Laos, a country on the Indochina Peninsula.
It came from a bat living in northern Laos, and was discovered by a team led by virologist Dr. Marc Ellois at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, the New York Times reported.
According to the New York Times, the research team discovered the virus by collecting samples such as bat saliva, urine and feces from the forests of northern Laos in the summer of last year, half a year after the outbreak of COVID-19.
The research team said, “Three viruses found in Laos have molecular hooks that are very similar to those of the Corona 19 virus,” and “can easily bind to human cells.”
Corona 19, which has caused all mankind to suffer, attaches to a receptor called ACE2 on the surface of human cells and infects humans, the research team explains that this virus also has similar characteristics.
“This virus is far superior to the earlier strains of COVID-19,” Dr. Elua warned.
The New York Times noted that the discovery of the virus could spark controversy over how the virus spreads.
This is because the virus found in bats shows that it can be transmitted outside the laboratory because of this property of penetrating well into human cells.
In the meantime, various arguments have been raised in academia about the origin of COVID-19. “The discovery of the virus quells the notion that the coronavirus was engineered to infect humans or was created in a lab,” said Michael Warroby, a virologist at the University of Arizona.
The results of the study were published online last month and have not yet been published in a scientific journal.
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