US scientists claimed to have developed COVID strain with 80% kill rate
Researchers of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Boston University (USA) have created a new variety of COVID-19, the lethality of which in experiments on mice was 80 percent, TASSreports
According to the Daily Mail, scientists have created a hybrid virus that combines Omicron and an original strain from the Chinese city of Wuhan. Experiments on mice showed a mortality rate of 80 percent. At the same time, in the group of rodents that were infected with the usual Omicron, not a single individual died.
The work of scientists at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory has been heavily criticised by international scientific circles. Researchers from Israel, the UK and the US pointed out that ‘such experiments are playing with fire’ as they could lead to a new pandemic. Opponents of the experiments underline that ‘modifications aimed at strengthening viruses are unacceptable’, and they ‘should be banned’ at the legislative level.
Alongside the lab in Boston, similar work is being carried out in 13 more research centres across the United States, the Daily Mail added.