China says USA peddling conspiracies as lab-leak theory returns

China says USA peddling conspiracies as lab-leak theory returns”

A report by The Wall Street Journal released on Monday alleges that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were sick with Covid-like symptoms before the outbreak in November 2019, for which they sought medical care.

The World Health Assembly, which has set the WHO policy, is now hosting its annual meeting in Geneva, and members are expected to discuss the next phase of the organization's investigation. And that's something we have called for many, many times, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

The report led to renewed calls for a broader probe into whether Covid-19 could have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, where the pandemic is widely believed to have begun.

It said that a natural origin was the most probable scenario, and that a theory involving the virus leaking from a laboratory was "extremely unlikely".

The government's position has shifted to agnosticism in recent weeks, with top pandemic adviser Anthony Fauci and director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Warrensky both open to all possibilities.

"We need to improve transparency, immediately share critical information about outbreaks with pandemic potential, and strengthen health systems to withstand shocks", Becerra said, while calling for a "strong and agile" WHO.

The demand for more investigation is in stark contrast to the start of the pandemic, when scientists quickly came together around the idea that the virus crossed over from bats via an intermediary animal.

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The United States, the European Union, and more than a dozen other nations have also previously raised concerns about the World Health Organization study, pointing to the report's significant delay and China's refusal to share crucial raw data.

Those involved in the probe that was shuttered say that it was an honest effort to look into whether China's biological weapons program could have played a role in the pandemic's origin, according to CNN.

After the report was released, however, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus himself insisted all theories remained on the table.

The long-delayed report, by the team of global experts sent to Wuhan and their Chinese counterparts, drew no firm conclusions on the origins of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director said the circumstantial evidence for Covid-19 at the Wuhan Institute of Veterinary Medicine has not yet proved that the virus was transmitted from animals to humans.

"Until we have enough data, we need to make serious hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers", a group of researchers from top United States universities published in Science in mid-May. "To me it was obvious from the beginning but I was badly criticised, as usual", he said. "Now they are all saying 'He was right.' Thank you!" Whatever the answer, we need to reach the root of this, which is an important priority for us. "Many of us feel that this is likely to be spontaneous, as it happened in Sars-Cov-1, where we move from animal reservoirs to humans".

The truth may never be known, said Gottlieb. Evidence supporting the lab's leak will not surface unless there is a whistleblower or regime change in China. No part may be reproduced without written permission, except for fair transactions for personal investigation or research purposes.

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