China-Coronavirus/Wuhan Lab/Researcher Interview 2

Researcher regrets "politicization" of science, calls for greater global cooperation, transparency

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FILE: Wuhan City, Hubei Province, central China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of nameplates of Wuhan Institute of Virology of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Wuhan City, Hubei Province, central China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
2. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Shi Zhengli, researcher, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (partially overlaid with shot 3):
"I think now that science has been linked to the politics which makes science politicized. It's very regrettable. I believe scientists from around the world don't like to see this. As I mentioned before, infectious disease research must be open and transparent. International cooperation can provide us with good technical support for these new infectious diseases, which serves all of mankind. So we feel very sorry."
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3. Interview in progress
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FILE: Geneva, Switzerland - May 19, 2020 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
4. Various of building, sign of World Health Organization (WHO)

Wuhan City, Hubei Province, central China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
5. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Shi Zhengli, researcher, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy Of Sciences:
"Our original aim for international cooperation is to work together for human health around the world, because we know that there are no borders in the research of existing and emerging infectious diseases. Such work requires scientists from all over the world, and governments to be open, transparent and cooperative and work together to prevent and control some of these new infectious diseases."

FILE: Beijing, China - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
6. Various of researchers working at lab

Wuhan City, Hubei Province, central China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
7. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Shi Zhengli, researcher, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy Of Sciences:
"So in the very beginning, our goal was to cooperate. Through the cooperation we can achieve mutual benefit and we can all understand these existing viruses as soon as possible. The work in the laboratory, as well as sample collection in the fields and early warning models, requires scientists from different fields and having different training experiences to complete together. One small team cannot do such work alone."

FILE: Geelong, Australia - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
8. Various of scientists working at lab

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The lead researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology has criticized the disinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding the origins of COVID-19, expressing her dismay over the "politicization of science" and calling for greater international cooperation and transparency into virus research to help the world tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Shi Zhengli, a leading virologist at the lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, gave a wide-ranging interview with China Global Television Network(CGTN) in which she hailed the work of her experienced team in quickly discovering and identifying the new virus which emerged late last year.

However, she was critical of those who have sought to spread unfounded conspiracy theories connecting the origins of the virus with the lab. She said she has been saddened by how certain quarters have attempted to politicize the issue, with some in the West appearing to dismiss early health warnings regarding the severity of the virus, undermining the hard work of scientists.

"I think now that science has been linked to the politics which makes science politicized. It's very regrettable. I believe scientists from around the world don't like to see this," she said.

In April, U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration suspended funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), sparking worldwide condemnation, and undermining global efforts against the coronavirus pandemic at its most critical period.

Instead of strengthening prevention and control efforts in their epidemic response, some U.S. officials have appeared to peddle conspiracy theories claiming that the COVID-19 virus originated from the Wuhan virology lab, despite public health scientists and experts from WHO and most countries, including the United States, generally believing that there is no evidence to indicate the novel coronavirus originated in such a setting.

Shi said that such disinformation is harmful and called for greater global cooperation to combat the virus.

"As I mentioned before, infectious disease research must be open and transparent. International cooperation can provide us with good technical support for these new infectious diseases, which serves all of mankind. So we feel very sorry," said Shi regarding the current situation.

Shi added that the funding suspension has however not yet impacted her personal scientific research, as Shi's funding mainly comes from the Chinese government and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

"Our original aim for international cooperation is to work together for human health around the world, because we know that there are no borders in the research of existing and emerging infectious diseases. Such work requires scientists from all over the world, and governments to be open, transparent and cooperative and work together to prevent and control some of these new infectious diseases," she added.

So in the very beginning, our goal was to cooperate. Through the cooperation we can achieve mutual benefit and we can all understand these existing viruses as soon as possible. The work in the laboratory, as well as sample collection in the fields and early warning models, requires scientists from different fields and having different training experiences to complete together. One small team cannot do such work alone," Shi said.

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China-Coronavirus/Wuhan Lab/Researcher Interview 2

Researcher regrets "politicization" of science, calls for greater global cooperation, transparency

Dateline : Recent/File

Location : Wuhan,Hubei,China

Duration : 2'13

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FILE: Wuhan City, Hubei Province, central China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of nameplates of Wuhan Institute of Virology of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Wuhan City, Hubei Province, central China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
2. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Shi Zhengli, researcher, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (partially overlaid with shot 3):
"I think now that science has been linked to the politics which makes science politicized. It's very regrettable. I believe scientists from around the world don't like to see this. As I mentioned before, infectious disease research must be open and transparent. International cooperation can provide us with good technical support for these new infectious diseases, which serves all of mankind. So we feel very sorry."
++SHOT OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
3. Interview in progress
++SHOT OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++

FILE: Geneva, Switzerland - May 19, 2020 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
4. Various of building, sign of World Health Organization (WHO)

Wuhan City, Hubei Province, central China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
5. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Shi Zhengli, researcher, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy Of Sciences:
"Our original aim for international cooperation is to work together for human health around the world, because we know that there are no borders in the research of existing and emerging infectious diseases. Such work requires scientists from all over the world, and governments to be open, transparent and cooperative and work together to prevent and control some of these new infectious diseases."

FILE: Beijing, China - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
6. Various of researchers working at lab

Wuhan City, Hubei Province, central China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
7. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Shi Zhengli, researcher, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy Of Sciences:
"So in the very beginning, our goal was to cooperate. Through the cooperation we can achieve mutual benefit and we can all understand these existing viruses as soon as possible. The work in the laboratory, as well as sample collection in the fields and early warning models, requires scientists from different fields and having different training experiences to complete together. One small team cannot do such work alone."

FILE: Geelong, Australia - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
8. Various of scientists working at lab


The lead researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology has criticized the disinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding the origins of COVID-19, expressing her dismay over the "politicization of science" and calling for greater international cooperation and transparency into virus research to help the world tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Shi Zhengli, a leading virologist at the lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, gave a wide-ranging interview with China Global Television Network(CGTN) in which she hailed the work of her experienced team in quickly discovering and identifying the new virus which emerged late last year.

However, she was critical of those who have sought to spread unfounded conspiracy theories connecting the origins of the virus with the lab. She said she has been saddened by how certain quarters have attempted to politicize the issue, with some in the West appearing to dismiss early health warnings regarding the severity of the virus, undermining the hard work of scientists.

"I think now that science has been linked to the politics which makes science politicized. It's very regrettable. I believe scientists from around the world don't like to see this," she said.

In April, U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration suspended funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), sparking worldwide condemnation, and undermining global efforts against the coronavirus pandemic at its most critical period.

Instead of strengthening prevention and control efforts in their epidemic response, some U.S. officials have appeared to peddle conspiracy theories claiming that the COVID-19 virus originated from the Wuhan virology lab, despite public health scientists and experts from WHO and most countries, including the United States, generally believing that there is no evidence to indicate the novel coronavirus originated in such a setting.

Shi said that such disinformation is harmful and called for greater global cooperation to combat the virus.

"As I mentioned before, infectious disease research must be open and transparent. International cooperation can provide us with good technical support for these new infectious diseases, which serves all of mankind. So we feel very sorry," said Shi regarding the current situation.

Shi added that the funding suspension has however not yet impacted her personal scientific research, as Shi's funding mainly comes from the Chinese government and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

"Our original aim for international cooperation is to work together for human health around the world, because we know that there are no borders in the research of existing and emerging infectious diseases. Such work requires scientists from all over the world, and governments to be open, transparent and cooperative and work together to prevent and control some of these new infectious diseases," she added.

So in the very beginning, our goal was to cooperate. Through the cooperation we can achieve mutual benefit and we can all understand these existing viruses as soon as possible. The work in the laboratory, as well as sample collection in the fields and early warning models, requires scientists from different fields and having different training experiences to complete together. One small team cannot do such work alone," Shi said.

ID : 8144252

Published : 2020-05-25 15:16

Last Modified : 2020-05-26 13:48:42

Source : China Central Television (CCTV)

Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland

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