- Chinese Virologist warns of epidemic in future calls for international corporation
Shi Zhengli, a virologist renowned for her work on coronavirus in bats, said in an interview on Chinese state television that viruses being discovered now are “just the tip of the iceberg” and called for international cooperation in the fight against epidemics.
Known as China’s “bat woman,” the deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology said research into viruses needs scientists and governments to be transparent and cooperative, and that it is “very regrettable” when science is politicized.
“If we want to prevent human beings from suffering from the next infectious disease outbreak, we must go in advance to learn of these unknown viruses carried by wild animals in nature and give early warnings,” Shi told CGTN. “If we don’t study them there will possibly be another outbreak.”
Shi has said that the genetic characteristics of the viruses she’s worked with didn’t match those of the coronavirus spreading in humans.
China continues to deny its role in the pandemic which has crippled global economy but international relations has been strained particularly with the West.
The outbreak has infected more than 5.4 million people worldwide and killed over 345,000.