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Was a Coronavirus Strain Patented in 2015-2016 by a Bill Gates company? Here is the 69-page PDF

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This was filed 23 July 2015 and then published 28 January 2016 as an "International Application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty":

This has been tossed around a lot in an attempt to prove or refute related facts. Some sources concur that the virus patent owned by Bill Gates is for a weaker version of the one that is all over the world right now. For example, the discussion at Value Walk:


As concerns about the Wuhan coronavirus continue to sweep the world, some are now circulating claims that the virus was patented by former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, the World Health Organization or other entities. However, the coronavirus patents that are being shared online aren't for the virus that started in Wuhan, China and has since spread.

Coronavirus patents circulate online

One such coronavirus patent is this one, which was patented by the U.K.'s Pirbright Institute. However, other versions claim that Bill Gates patented it and that the World Health Organization have known about the virus for years but didn't do anything about it.

[Actually, that would be the World Intellectual Property Organization, the name on the PDF document... and, what pray tell, is the Pirbright Institute?

The Pirbright Institute is a research institute in Surrey, England, dedicated to the study of infectious diseases of farm animals. It forms part of the UK government's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The Institute employs scientists, vets, PhD students and operations staff. ]

The problem is that the coronavirus is a family of viruses rather than any one particular pathogen. The virus family also includes the viruses responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks in past years.

Chinese officials have quarantined several cities close to Wuhan, which is where the outbreak has been traced from. They shut down transportation and roads to prevent further spread of the illness.

Lab in Wuhan tasked with studying dangerous pathogens

ValueWalk also learned that a lab in Wuhan, China, was actually close to being tasked with studying the most dangerous pathogens in the world a few years ago. An article in the journal Nature three years ago detailed the workings of the maximum-security biolab in Wuhan, which was part of a plan to build a network of such facilities across China. The Nature article indicates that some outside China were worried about pathogens escaping from the lab. At the time it was written, the lab was on the cusp of securing clearance to work with the world's most dangerous pathogens. It's unclear where the lab in Wuhan stands now, but the fact that there is a lab that may handle dangerous pathogens in the city that was at the center of the outbreak is interesting.


This is a report on the US Patent for coronavirus:

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