U.S. urges 'transparent' World Health Organization inquiry into Covid origins

U.S. urges 'transparent' World Health Organization inquiry into Covid origins

U.S. urges 'transparent' World Health Organization inquiry into Covid origins

There are new calls to reevaluate whether or not Covid-19 began at the Wuhan Institute of Virology after USA intelligence learned three doctors became sick with symptoms similar to those of Covid-19 in November 2019 and sought out hospital care, the Wall Street Journal reported. He pointed out reports that he sought inpatient treatment for such illnesses.

The report said the virus jumping from bats to humans via an intermediate animal was the most probable scenario, while it dismissed a theory involving the virus leaking from a laboratory as "extremely unlikely".

Metzl noted that Shi's claim that there were no Chinese military experiments in the lab has also been contradicted by the State Department, which said a year ago that the lab "has collaborated on publications and secret projects with China's military".

Trump had past year claimed to have seen evidence that the coronavirus originated from a medical laboratory in Wuhan, but did not provide details. However, officials cited by the paper remained divided over the report. He said that he doubted that the ordinary flu made three researchers sick.

"The report that you mentioned about three people getting sick, that is not true", Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular briefing Monday in Beijing. According to the report, several researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell seriously ill and were hospitalized in November 2019.

The Donald Trump administration has said it suspects the virus may have escaped from a Chinese laboratory, which Beijing denies.

"The threads of circumstantial information suggest the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and resulting Covid-19 pandemic could have been the result of an accidental leak from the WIV, particularly given the absence of credible information that supports a zoonotic transmission".

The new disclosure provides more details than a previously issued State Department fact sheet, in the final days of the Trump administration, which said several researchers at the lab - a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens - became sick in autumn 2019 "with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illness", reported The Wall Street Journal.

A National Security Council spokeswoman had no comment on the Journal's report. Even the Chinese authorities have confirmed at least one of former Secretary Pompeo's claims.

The report called for further investigation in every area except the lab leak hypothesis.

"Dr. Fauci has been to Congress, and he said this absolutely did not happen". On the other hand, the same story skews what the forum is bound to consider as its chief priority: interventions to end the pandemic, much less reconfiguring a multilayered COVID-19 origins inquiry to suit adverse expectations.

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told lawmakers during the Worldwide Threats Hearing last month that "the intelligence community does not know exactly where, when, or how Covid-19 virus was transmitted initially", an assessment that has not changed, said two of the people briefed on the intelligence.

In March this year, the World Health Organization issued a report written jointly with Chinese scientists on the origins of Covid-19, saying the chances of it having started in a lab were "extremely unlikely". China has refused to share raw data.

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