Hamish De Bretton Gordon, a chemical weapons expert told Sky News there are over “three thousand” labs across the world which are at risk of leaking deadly diseases like coronavirus. He explained how more must be done to tackle future leaks which could easily cause pandemics for years to come. The expert stressed how these labs are “completely unregulated” and called for tighter policing. Before explaining how “bad actors” could easily leak a dangerous virus or pathogen onto the world causing total devastation.
The expert said: “There are fifty or so labs like the one in Wuhan that are generally secure and well regulated.
“But there are over three thousand, what we call level 3, labs around the world that do deal with pathogens like covid and are worked on extensively for pharmaceutical reasons to produce medical countermeasures.
“These are completely unregulated and there are over a million scientists working in these laboratories in some of the most unstable countries in the world and they are completely unregulated.”
But in a disturbing warning, he said: “The chance some of them are bad actors must be very high.”
Mr De Bretton Gordon went on to explain how the Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention, a UN convention that deals with regulation and policing of biological weapons, is in place but this is not enough to combat lab leaks.
He said: “However for a variety of reasons it (the convention) is very poorly funded and is a very poor relation of the Chemical Weapons connection which has pretty much rid the world of chemical weapons.”
Mr De Bretton Gordon went on to call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the G7 to “revamp” the Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention in order to work against future catastrophic leaks and investigate covid origins more effectively.
He went on to highlight how these labs “can be properly regulated and policed” if the right action is taken.
But speaking on the Telegraph’s Planet Normal podcast, Sir Richard Dearlove, who was in charge of MI6 between 1999 and 2004 argued evidence of any lab leak that could be the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely have been destroyed by Chinese officials.
He also added how the west had been naive in trusting China’s version of events up to and during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sir Richard said: “We don’t know that’s what’s happened but a lot of data has probably been destroyed or made to disappear so it’s going to be difficult to prove definitely the case for a ‘gain of function chimera’ being the cause of the pandemic.”
He added how China had originally been “let off the hook” on questions about the virus’s origins due to opposition and distrust over claims made by the then US Trump administration, which were the first country to begin accusing China of releasing covid to the world.