Wuhan Virology Institute Warns of New COVID Strains


The latest research on coronaviruses in bats has triggered global concerns about the potential for future outbreaks.

A study led by Dr. Shi Zhengli, Director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at Wuhan Institute of Virology, China, reveals more than 20 strains with a high-risk of human transmissions.

Popularly known as “bat woman” and “virus hunter,” Dr. Shi Zhengli has been a prominent figure in research regarding coronaviruses originating from animals, particularly bats. Her team’s recent findings suggest that these strains could potentially lead to future pandemics. The study was published in a medical journal last June and has gained attention from Chinese media, leading some experts to liken it to a “coronavirus dictionary” for predicting and preventing future outbreaks.

However, critics argue that the pursuit of unknown viruses may pose a risk. Increased human interaction with wildlife due to virus hunting could inadvertently lead to more severe global pandemics.

Dr. Zhengli has been under scrutiny since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic because her lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology specializes in coronavirus research. She denies allegations that the COVID-19 virus escaped from her lab. The Chinese government continues to support her research on viruses that could cross from animals to humans.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.