A Letter From The Entire Staff And Graduate Students Of Wuhan Virus

- Feb 20, 2020-

A letter from the entire 

staff and graduate students of Wuhan virus

All staff and graduate students:

Since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, party members, cadres, employees and graduate students of the whole institute have resolutely implemented the party's central policy and the deployment of the party's group, strictly guarded against the epidemic, and took the initiative to undertake scientific and technological research. But recently, Internet rumors have involved some rumors of our institute, such as "new crown virus originated from artificial synthesis", "the virus was leaked from P4", "the military took over P4", "a researcher died because of a virus leak", "a graduate student is 'Zero' Patients', "a researcher's real-name report to the leadership of the institute", etc., have caused continuous attention from all walks of life, causing great harm to our research staff who adhere to the front line of scientific research, and also seriously interfered with the emergency scientific research that I undertook in the war. task.

Since the outbreak, our institute has gone all out to carry out scientific research. Our colleagues and classmates responded to the call of the institute and took the initiative to abandon the Spring Festival holiday to overcome many difficulties, strictly implement the provisions of epidemic prevention and control and laboratory biosafety management, and race against time and night. Struggle in the front line of the "epidemic", and fulfill the responsibilities and responsibilities of scientific and technological workers in "innovating science and technology, serving the country and serving the people." The high-level biosafety cluster platform of our institute adheres to the purpose of opening up to domestic and foreign countries, and also provides a strong support for the relevant scientific research of New Coronaviruses at home and abroad.

On the evening of December 30, 2019, after receiving samples of unexplained pneumonia from the Jinyintan Hospital of Wuhan, our institute organized the forces overnight to tackle the problem for 72 consecutive hours. On January 2, 2020, the whole genome sequence of the new crown virus was determined. The virus strain was isolated on May 5. The national virus resource bank was put into storage and standardized preservation on January 9. As one of the designated agencies of the National Health Commission, the virus sequence was submitted to the World Health Organization on January 11. At the same time, a lot of work has been carried out in the areas of pathogen identification, virus traceability, pathogen detection, antiviral drugs and vaccine development, animal model establishment, etc., and good progress has been made. In addition, as one of the designated institutions in Wuhan, our institute has participated in the pathogenic testing of new crown virus pneumonia. Since January 26, a total of about 4,000 throat swab samples have been detected from patients with suspected new crown pneumonia. A team of staff and graduate students supports the detection of pathogens in Huanggang City and contributes to epidemic prevention and control.

Looking back on the hard work of the past month or so, we have a clear conscience!

Epidemic situation At present, scientific and technological research is the frontline of the war. Let us closely unite around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, resolutely respond to the call of the Party Central Committee, and give full play to the role of the fighting fortress of party organizations at all levels and the exemplary role of Party members and cadres in the frontline of scientific research! I ask everyone to strengthen their confidence, eliminate interference, unite, and do a good job in scientific and technological research and epidemic prevention and control. Use solid results to reflect the mission and responsibilities of the "national team" in science and technology. Powerful technology support!

At present, China is working hard! Come on in Wuhan! Our Wuhan Virus Institute must also refuel!

All members of the leadership team of Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

19February 19, 2020