According to local media, Shi, who has been the target of unproven theories about COVID-19 escaping from a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, said that the newly published findings are further proof that the horseshoe bat caused the ongoing pandemic.
It comes after suspicions began to surface that China, which is where the virus first emerged, may have purposely manufactured the virus as a bio-weapon to destroy the west.
WIV has been described as a world-class research institution that does world-class research in virology and immunology.
The virologist did not comment on U.S. accusations that the coronavirus spread from the institute.
In an interview that was conducted on May 13 was aired on Saturday where Wang Yanyi said that the centre has "isolated and obtained some coronaviruses from bats".
One such strain has a 96-percent similarity to the regular SARS virus, whereas "their highest similarity to SARS-CoV-2 only reaches 79.8 percent".
In an apparent reference to allegations that the virus has emanated from the lab, she said, "I think that science has been politicised". After we checked the pathogen within the sample, we found it contained a new coronavirus, which is now called SARS-CoV-2. It's an obvious difference. "So, in Prof Shi's past research, they did not pay attention to such viruses that are less similar to the Sars virus".
Institute director Wang Yanyi (pictured) also refuted claims that the pathogen had come from the institute.
A researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology says the facility fulfilled its obligation by swiftly sharing data on the coronavirus with the World Health Organization.
Wang said that her institute first received the clinical sample of the unknown pneumonia on December 30 past year.
Dr Wang said that before the lab received the samples, its team had never "encountered, researched or kept the virus".
"In fact, like everyone else, we didn't even know the virus existed", she said of the new virus that as of Sunday had infected more than 5.3 million and killed more than 340,000 worldwide. Scientists pointed out that the virus showed no signs of being man-made and was natural in origin, but many-including US President Donald Trump-have continued to blame the lab and China for originating the deadly virus.