The French media carries only the name of one scientist today. 87-year-old Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier, the man who discovered HIV in 1983 and was awarded the Nobel Prize, appeared on CNews yesterday to give his findings on the Coronavirus. Mr Montagnier said in very clear terms that the new coronavirus is not of natural origin and originated in a laboratory.
Professor Montagnier, a former member of the Institut Pasteur, was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the identification of the virus responsible for AIDS, with his colleague at the time, professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi.
Montagnier, who is not averse to any controversy, claims that Covid-19 accidentally escaped from a lab in Wuhan. He made the statements on the French channel CNews.
“With my colleague, biological mathematician Jean-Claude Perez, I have carefully analyzed the genome (genetic composition of an organism, ed.) Of this virus.” According to the professor, SARS-CoV-2 contains fragments of the HIV virus. “But they cannot possibly come from a patient,” says Montagnier, who thinks that the theory about the fish market as the origin of the virus is a “nice story”.
Nature will eliminate
“You can only inject HIV into a genome with the help of molecular instruments. It is very meticulous work. That can only be done in a highly secured laboratory ”, Montagnier continues. “They tried to develop a vaccine against AIDS in Wuhan and then a virus was developed, which accidentally escaped from the laboratory.”
“The lab in Wuhan has specialized in these corona viruses since the early 2000s,” he says. “They have expertise in this area.”
According to the professor, the human error also means good news.
“Nature does not accept molecular fiddling at all. This unnatural virus will be eliminated by nature again. Even if nothing is done, it will gradually disappear,” says the professor, who believes that the measures being taken now will help slow the pandemic.