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Virologist dismisses the ‘laboratory theory’

Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli has dismissed the “laboratory theory,” which has recently picked up steam, that COVID-19 may have escaped from her lab. “I don’t know how the world got to the point of constantly pouring dirt on an innocent scientist,” she wrote in a text message to the American newspaper New York Times. Shi has been researching coronaviruses in bats at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) for many years, and she doesn’t actually give interviews anymore.

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