The former chief of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove believes coronavirus started “as an accident” when the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
In an interview with The Telegraph said he has seen a scientific report that suggest coronavirus did not start naturally.
Sir Richard said, “I do think that this started as an accident.
“It raises the issue, if China ever were to admit responsibility, does it pay reparations?
“I think it will make every country in the world rethink how it treats its relationship with China and how the international community behaves towards the Chinese leadership.”
He cited new scientific research by Professor Angus Dalgleish, of St George’s Hospital at the University of London, and the Norwegian virologist Birger Sorensen.
Their scientific paper says that they have identified “inserted sections placed on the SARS-CoV-2 Spike surface.
“The SARS-CoV-2 spike is significantly different from any other Sars that we have studied.”
Sir Richard concluded that the study was “a very important contribution to a debate which is now starting about how the virus evolved and how it got out and broke out as a pandemic.”
He added, “I think this particular article is very important, and I think it will shift the debate.”
A leading team of scientists also claim that coronavirus is “almost perfectly human adapted” and this virus has never been seen in humans previously.
Australian scientists at Flinders University in Adelaide and Latrobe University in Melbourne have researched how the virus was transmitted to humand, compared to other animals.
Nikolai Petrovsky, Professor of Medicine at Flinders University said this virus is “almost perfectly human adapted.”
The scientific research study found that humans are more susceptible to coronavirus that bats and other animals.
However, the Professor has not ruled out the virus could have started naturally, but has not ruled out coronavirus was man made in a lab in Wuhan, China.