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Chinese study which claimed Covid originated in India withdrawn

A Chinese study had said and claimed that the Indian subcontinent might have been the place where the earliest human-to-human spreading coronavirus transmission occurred. The medical journal named The Lancet, Global Times reported recently that this was taken from the preprint platform of the medical.


Global Times said that the study was first posted and shown out to people on a website SSRN.com , it was on the preprint platform on 17th November of the medical journal called The Lancet, but the article was soon withdrawn.

A staff from the Institute of Neuroscience under the Chinese Academy of Sciences also told and confirmed with The Global Times that the study was taken back from the platform.
They said that the study was conducted by researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience under the CAS, which is the Shanghai-based Fudan University and also the University of Texas in Houston.

The pre-print study which was titled as the “Early Cryptic Transmission and the Evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in Human Hosts” said that the Indian subcontinent might have been the place where the earliest human-to-human novel coronavirus transmission occurred. It might have occured three or four months prior to the outbreak in Wuhan.

Chinese study which claimed Covid originated in India withdrawn
Chinese study which claimed Covid originated in India withdrawn


Global Times said that withdrawing a study from the SSRN.Com website is no surprise. A Beijing based health expert told in the report that in Global times said that If the researchers or the researching institute found their studies may have lacked some data, or that the data are not solid or deliberate enough to draw and give a conclusion, they would consider to better withdraw their study.


He further said that the withdrawal of this study on the origin of virus shows that tracking and finding the virus origin around the world is a complicated and tough scientific question. It is not an easy task, and also it is far from reaching to a conclusion point without the international collaboration.


Experts said that as the paper was still a pre-print version and also it has yet to go through the review process, the withdrawal could mean and say that the results of the study might need further verification.


They added saying that more evidence suggests about the early existence of the virus in the world and that was even before human beings became aware of it, and it points to multiple sources.
Global Times said that a study by the National Cancer Institute of Milan had found the novel coronavirus in blood samples which were collected in the month of October 2019. The research which was led by the University of Barcelona showed about the presence of the virus that was found in the samples of sewage in Barcelona in the month of March 2019.

On 14th December that is Monday, the Wall Street Journal  claimed that a government study that said Covid-19 was likely in the US in the mid-December, and that was about a month before the country reported its first official case, and also it was weeks before China reported its first case.


Francois Balloux who is the Director at UCL Genetics Institute. He is also the Professor of Computational Systems Biology at University College of London. He described the paper by the Chinese researchers as gibberish. He said that it was a piece of gibberish nonsense arguing about the SARSCoV2 originated in India. He said that he can only hope that the process of peer review will give and show this one out promptly.

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