Dr. Quay: If I was doing the investigation, the very first thing I would do is request access to the 20 databases containing over 20,000 bat virus sequences that were taken offline in September 2019 under the pretext of the computer attack
If you, Dr Stephen Quay, were in charge of a team of public health experts to go and investigate the origins of this virus, what would you do? What kind of questions would you ask?
Well, the very first thing I would do is request access to the 20 databases containing over 20,000 bat virus sequences, which were taken offline in September 2019 by said institute of virology.
They were available to scientists around the world until September 2019. They’ve been inaccessible for 15 or 16 months now.
It was said that the withdrawal was due to a hack. But after 15 months it would be very important to see those, because most people think that if the virus comes from the lab, the sequences of the steps of the experiment must be in these databases. So that would be my first question.