French scientist Luc Montagnier claims SARS-CoV-2 virus was a by-product of a vaccine against AIDS virus. The Wuhan city laboratory has a specialization in coronaviruses since early 2000s, said by Montagnier. This sparked a new controversy.
Prof. Montagnier, who co-discovered HIV, alleged the presence of elements of HIV in the genome of the coronavirus. He also claimed that elements of the “germ of malaria” are highly suspect, according to a report in Asia Times.
Montagnier argued during a TV interview with a French TV channel that elements of the HIV-1 retrovirus, which he co-discovered in 1983, can be found in the genome of the new coronavirus. He also said elements of the “malaria germ” – the parasite Plasmodium falciparum – can also be seen in the virus’s genome.
His full quote: “We were not the first since a group of Indian researchers tried to publish a study which showed that the complete genome of this coronavirus [has] sequences of another virus, which is HIV.”