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The 2010 EP 1694829-B1 patent related to SARS-CoV1 issued to the Pasteur Institute by the European Patent Office
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Cathy Vikulchik 2020-04-16 at 19:13

There are conspiracy theories that are circulating on the Internet after a man posted a video in which he claims that the coronavirus was invented in 2004 based on the document above related to patent EP 1694829-B1 issued by the European Patent Office in August 2010 to the Pasteur Institute in Paris. In a paper from the Scripps Research Institute published on the website sciencedaily.com, scientists said that an analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or otherwise engineered. Although patent EP 1694829-B1 mentions the word coronavirus, this patent in fact relates to the coronavirus that caused SARS-CoV1. It is true that the P4 laboratory in Wuhan was designed and built with the help of France within the framework of cooperation agreements that exist in medical research between China and France. There is scientific collaboration between France and China on the most dangerous pathogens (named class 4, that is to say that can only be used for research in ultra-secure laboratories, called P4) and emerging viruses in the context of a Franco-Chinese agreement on the prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases, signed in Beijing on October 9, 2004. The cooperation follows the logic of the international health regulations of 2005, which reaffirm the principle of source containment in the fight against infectious diseases. This bilateral cooperation has led to: On the one hand, the construction of the Wuhan National High Biosafety Laboratory (P4 laboratory) on the campus of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (IVW). Placed under the authority of a Franco-Chinese steering committee, under the responsibility of a Chinese director, appointed by the Chinese authorities. On the other hand, the creation of the Shanghai Pasteur Institute (IPS), a research center with special status within the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IPS-CAS). With a board of directors chaired by the director general of the Institut Pasteur and a joint scientific board chaired by Philippe Kourilsky, member of the French Academy of sciences and honorary professor at the Collège de France. Could the novel coronavirus SARS CoV2 have leaked from a US bioresearch super laboratory? Maybe. An article published on the website globalreaserch.ca on March 04 2020 alleges that Japanese and Taiwanese epidemiologists and pharmacologists have determined that the new coronavirus could have originated in the US since that country is the only one known to have all five types from which all others must have descended. Wuhan in China has only one of those types, making it, by analogy, the kind of branch which must have stemmed from a tree -- the tree being in the US. A Taiwanese physician noted that in August of 2019 the US had a surge in deaths caused by lung pneumonias or similar, which were blamed on vaping from e-cigarettes, but according to the scientist, the symptoms and conditions were likely due to a coronavirus. He said he wrote to the US officials telling them he suspected a potential new coronavirus was behind those deaths. He claims his warnings were ignored. Immediately prior to that, the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had totally shut down the US military's leading biodefense main laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, due to an absence of safeguards against pathogen leakages. The closure of the American military lab was the subject of an article published by the New York Times website on August 05 2019.
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IcelandFisherman 2020-04-16 at 17:30

America's top biological warfare laboratory in Fort Detrick, Maryland, has been the epicentre of the US Army's bioweapons research since the beginning of the Cold War. Until up to its temporary closure in November last year, it has been the leader in defensive research into deadly pathogens on the list of "select agents", including the Ebola virus, the organisms that cause the plague, smallpox, anthrax and the highly toxic poison ricin. It has been discovered that it also stores pathogens which are not listed on its inventory. Scientists at the lab also investigate outbreaks of disease among civilians and other threats to public health. FBI's chief suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, Bruce Ivins, was a senior biological weapons researcher at Fort Detrick. He killed himself in 2008, shortly before the FBI was planning to charge him with the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people after deadly spores were mailed to several media newsrooms and Democratic senators. It was reopened on March 27 to resume a "full scope of research on infectious diseases", according to Sen. Chris Van Hollen from Maryland. "USAMRIID (United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) conducts vital research on the spread and containment of infectious diseases. As we continue to battle the coronavirus outbreak, ensuring their ability to work at full capacity is more important now than ever", the senator said.

Top US biodefense lab closed amid fears deadly pathogens could escape

Fort Detrick's P3 and P4 biological warfare lab was temporarily ordered to stop all research into the deadliest viruses and pathogens to prevent possible leaks that could endanger the lives of people living in its surrounding area.
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