Is the novel coronavirus a product of evolution or deliberate manipulation?
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has grabbed headlines with his controversial assertion that Covid-19 was caused not by a natural virus but one that was manufactured in a Chinese laboratory. Gadkari’s claim marked the first time that an Indian government minister had remarked on the origin of the novel coronavirus. It’s not known whether this is his personal view or the official position of the Indian government. It should be noted, though, that Gadkari is not alone in making such claims.
US President Donald Trump has also asserted that this virus originated in a Chinese lab rather than the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, which Chinese authorities have pointed to as the likely origin of the virus. French Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier, co-discoverer of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), has made similar assertions that the virus emerged from a lab in Wuhan. In fact, the world’s been abuzz with theories about the origin of the virus. But most scientists who have sifted through the evidence say it’s extremely unlikely that the virus came out of a laboratory.