Beijing: Leaked documents of Chinese scientists and health officials have revealed that China is planning the weaponization of SARS coronavirus before the deadly pandemic in 2015 according to a report of Weekend Australian.
According to Australian news and entertainment website news.com.au, the paper tittled “The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons” suggested that World War Three would be fought with "biological weapons" and labelled SARS coronaviruses as a “new era of genetic weapons” that can be “artificially manipulated into an emerging humandisease virus, then weaponized and unleashed in a way never seen before”.
Peter Jennings, the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), told news.com.au that the document is as close to a "smoking gun" as we've got.
“I think this significant because it clearly shows that Chinese scientists were thinking about military application for different strains of the coronavirus and thinking about how it could be deployed,” Jennings said.
“It begins to firm up the possibilities that what we have here in the accidental release of a pathogen for military use.” Jennings added.
Jenning also stated that the documents may explain why China has been so reluctant for outside investigations into the origins of Covid-19.
"If this was a case of transmission from a wet market it would be in China's interest to co-operate ... we've had the opposite of that."
Robert Potter a cyber security specialist who analyses leaked Chinese government documents claimed that the document is not fake, report of news.com.au said.
“We reached a high confidence conclusion that it was genuine. It’s not fake but it’s up to someone else to interpret how serious it is.” Potter added.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been caused by a coronavirus named SARS-Co V-2 which emerged in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, several of which cause respiratory diseases in humans - ranging from a common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began there have been over 157 million cases of Covid-19 and 3.28 million deaths across the world, according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University.