Professor Dr. Tasuku Honjo allegedly bet his 2018 Nobel Prize that the COVID-19 coronavirus was created by China, based on his knowledge and research.
Find out what exactly he said, and if it’s true that the COVID-19 coronavirus was really created by China!
Claim : Tasuku Honjo Says COVID-19 Was Created By China!
Mir Monaz Haque, the Editor-In-Chief of Asia Today, posted this on 25 April 2020 :
Our Verdict : Complete Bullshit
This story is such complete bullshit and it is truly shocking that the Editor-In-Chief for Asia Today would post this without fact-checking. The fact of the matter is :
- Professor Tasuku Honjo issued a statement refuting those claims.
- Professor Tasuku Honjo does not work on viruses, and has never been to the Wuhan laboratory.
- Genomic analysis have proven that SARS-CoV-2 is a natural virus that is very closely-related to bat coronaviruses.
- The Nobel Prize was not awarded by any government, and cannot be withdrawn.
Tasuku Honjo Says COVID-19 Created By China : The Facts
For those who are thinking to themselves, “How do you know it’s fake? You were NOT there!“, here are the reasons why we know for sure…
Fact #1 : Viruses Can Spread In Cold + Warm Climates
While certain viruses spread better in warmer climates, other viruses spread better in colder climates.
The susceptibility of a virus to humidity and temperature depends on whether it has a lipid bilayer envelope or not.
The COVID-19 coronavirus is enveloped, and is thus more likely to spread better in cold, dry climates. But that doesn’t mean it cannot spread well in warm, humid climates.
Fact #2 : The COVID-19 Virus Is Natural, And Related To Bats
Genomic analysis have proven that the COVID-19 is natural, for these reasons :
- an artificial virus would have to be created from existing viruses and their genetic data
- the SARS-CoV-2 virus has components that have never been seen before
- it is very similar to existing bat coronaviruses.
Fact #3 : Professor Honjo Does Not Work On Viruses
Tasuku Honjo is a professor of Immunology and Genomic Medicine. He has only worked on immunology, not virology.
His 2018 Nobel Prize, in particular, was for his work on stimulating the immune system to attack tumour cells in cancer.
Fact #4 : Professor Honjo Has Never Worked In The Wuhan Laboratory
Professor Tasuku Honjo has been working at the Kyoto University since 2005. He has never worked in Wuhan, much less the BSL-4 laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Fact #5 : Tasuku Honjo Issued A Statement On This Claim
Professor Honjo issued this statement through one of his PhD students :
Fact #6 : Tasuku Honjo Said COVID-19 Originated In China
In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review on 10 April 2020, Professor Tasuku Honjo said that COVID-19 originated in China, but also that it will be the first country to recover from it.
However, he never said that it was manufactured or created by China. Originating in a country, is quite different from creating it.
Fact #6 : The Nobel Prize Is Not Awarded By Any Government
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is NOT awarded by any government. It has been awarded by the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet since 1901.
Fact #7 : The Nobel Prize Cannot Be Revoked / Withdrawn
Under the Nobel Foundation statutes, the Nobel Prize may not be revoked or withdrawn after it is awarded.
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