As the vaccination period of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) infection accelerates, countries around the world are preparing for ‘May Corona’, and this is news from Laos.
The New York Times (NYT) reported on the 14th (local time) that a form of coronavirus similar to the Corona 19 virus was found in Laos, a country in Indochina.
It came from a bat that lived in northern Laos, and was discovered by a team led by virologist Dr. Marc Ellois at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, the New York Times reported.
According to the New York Times, the research team discovered the virus by collecting samples of bat saliva, urine and feces from the forests of northern Laos in the summer of last year, six months after the outbreak of COVID-19.
The research team said: “Three viruses found in Laos have molecular hooks that are very similar to those of the Corona 19 virus,” and “can easily bind to human cells.”
Corona 19, which has caused the whole human to suffer, attaches to a receptor called ACE2 on the surface of human cells and infects humans, the research team explains that this virus also has similar characteristics.
“This virus is far superior to the earlier strains of COVID-19,” warned Dr. Elua.
The New York Times notes that the discovery of the virus could cause controversy over how the virus spreads.
This is because the virus found in bats shows that it can be transmitted outside the laboratory because of this ability to penetrate well into human cells.
Meanwhile, several arguments have been raised in the academy about the origin of COVID-19. “The discovery of the virus reduces the idea that the COVID-19 virus was designed to infect humans or was created in a laboratory,” said Michael Warroby, a virologist at the University of Arizona.
The results of the study were published online last month and have not yet been published in a scientific journal.
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