- China CDC boss
OCTOBER 20, 2014 By Alusine Sesay
Amidst public speculations that the Ebola Viral Disease outbreak may have been triggered by biochemical reaction emanating from insidious laboratory tests conducted by some alleged western scientists, Deputy Director General of the China Center for Disease Control and Protection has vehemently debunked the claim, noting that though technology has improved to a certain extent, scientists are yet to reach a stage of creating a virus that would threaten the entire world.
Dr. George F. Gao, who was responding to questions during an exclusive interview with Concord Times, noted that the Ebola virus is a kind of life that only survives in humans and that one cannot say a virus is a piece of chemical.
“They (Ebola) are a different kind of life. They cannot live by themselves but live in humans. Ebola virus is not a chemical,” he insisted.
Many people, especially on the social media, have argued that the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone may have been created by western scientists as part of a sinister scheme, which apparently went wrong, to spread it among humans so as to be able to develop an economically viable breakthrough vaccine.
Dr. Gao agreed that indeed people can create a monster like Ebola to destroy the lives of their enemies, but noted there was no scientific evidence that the Ebola virus can only kill certain persons and spare the lives others.
“At the moment, though we think technologically that we are so powerful, but we are not in that stage to create a virus like Ebola. There is no such technique and people are only speculating,” he said. “Let’s say Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia might have a common enemy that would have created the Ebola virus, but the infection cuts across the world and killing people everywhere.”
The Ebola virus has already spread across the world with the latest infection experienced in developed nations including Spain, Germany and the United States. Currently, two United States nurse who provided medical care for the Liberian Ebola patient in Texas, Thomas Eric Duncan, has been infected and receiving treatment.
The United States and Britain have introduced new travelling measures to scrutinize passengers travelling from the three countries who arrive in the two countries.
In another sense, according to the Chinese scientist, human beings are chemicals which consist of carbon, nitrogen, among others, and that “once we die we decay and transform into a small chemical. So Ebola too could be a chemical because it is a living thing, but never created in a laboratory.”
On the speculations of the public, Dr. Gao made reference to a statement attributed to former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, who famously said that HIV/AIDS is not a disease but an issue of poverty.