Countries are running out of testing kits, there is a shortage of ventilators and fewer ICU beds, Coronavirus (COVID-19), a global pandemic has taken over the world by storm. Over 200 countries are struggling to deal with the spread of exceptionally irresistible novel virus COVID-19. The outbreak of COVID-19 has for sure shaken the countries around the world. The hospitals are flooded with the confirmed cases, many cities are under a lockdown all around the world and no one has any idea that when the virus will heal.
Countries around the world emphasize a lot over spending on innovative technologies and those who spend the most on innovation are termed as influential countries such as the United States of America. But the dynamics of war have changed, and we have come to the era of biological warfare, hybrid warfare, etc. And no doubt, biological warfare is one of the most destructive types of wars. Biological weapons are those that utilization microorganisms or poisons to actuate a malady in people, domesticated animals or plants. It is the deadliest weapon in any arms stockpile, since not at all like atomic weapons, it is highly unlikely to outline spread, including into an assailant’s region. The variety of weapons incorporates botulinum, smallpox and other such illnesses that once tormented the world.
None of the countries were prepared for a globally catastrophic virus outbreak. This global pandemic has made the world realize that it is hard to detect biological weapons, unlike chemical or nuclear weapons. We have satellites to detect military facilities or intelligence to detect the chemical capabilities of different countries, but biology is beyond anyone’s scope. We cannot rule out the chances of COVID-19 being a weapon of biological warfare, although none of the conspiracies have been proved. Many questions arise such as was the virus made purposely in a laboratory or did it escape accidentally from a laboratory or did it transmit through an animal and so on.
While the spread of coronavirus was in its early phase, China stated that the origin of this virus was related to an animal meat market in Wuhan which is about 25-30 km away from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Another development that added up to this was the work of an American fiction author’s work termed as ‘The Eyes of Darkness.’ Back in 1981, he wrote about a virus emerging from Wuhan, China and spreading throughout the world. He termed it as Wuhan-400, a dangerous biological weapon. The scientists at Wuhan Institute of Virology analyzed SARS-CoV-2 and comprehended that there is a 96 percent similarity between the virus’s genome and a coronavirus found in bats. So this might be something natural which transmitted from an animal to humans. Former Israeli military intelligence officer, Dany Shoham stated to Washington time that, “certain laboratories in the institute have probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese biological weapons at collaterally yet not as the principal facility of the Chinese BW alignment”. He added on by saying, “the Wuhan Virology Institute is under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, but certain laboratories within it have linkages with the Peoples Liberation Army or BW-related elements within the Chinese defense establishment”.
China has made significant progress in battling COVID-19 and has at present stretched out her administrations and endeavors to divergent pieces of the world. The world needs to recognize that China has risen as an accomplished and a stalwart country in battling the current worldwide pandemic.
Specialists all through the world, remembering for the US and China, have directed research including the formation of experimentally engineered hybrid coronaviruses. In any case, there is no proof that coronavirus was hereditarily designed, as asserted in an investigation on the genomic examination of the new infection. Regardless of whether the new coronavirus has some hereditary contrasts to other known infections because of transformations, there’s no proof this is the consequence of a human examination.
There is no credibility against any of these theories and the source of the outbreak is still not figured out, but the widespread of the novel virus has surely feared the world. COVID-19 has brought about various causalities and has made a serious interruption financial and cultural framework of the world. One significant lesson the world has gained from COVID-19 is to put more in scientific research and the criticalness of prepared research habitats. Many scholars have warned us about the different forms of war such as Bill Gates mentioned during one of his Ted Talks,
“If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war, not missiles, but microbes. We have invested a huge amount in nuclear deterrents and invested little in a system to stop epidemic”.