China says US peddling conspiracies as lab-leak theory returns

China says US peddling conspiracies as lab-leak theory returns

China says US peddling conspiracies as lab-leak theory returns

"The only way to stop future pandemics driven by viruses that spill over into humans from animals is to fully understand the conditions by which such spread could have happened and do everything to prevent it happening again".

This comes just days after a U.S. Intelligence report revealed three Wuhan lab workers were hospitalized in November 2019 with coronavirus symptoms.

Biden "believes there needs to be an independent investigation, one that's run by the global community", said White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday. But the intelligence community, Biden reported, had not reached a definitive conclusion on this question of "whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident".

According to Fauci, $600,000 were earmarked for the institute in Wuhan over a period of five years to study zoonotic viruses and whether bat coronaviruses could jump onto human beings. The president's move came as several top federal scientists testified at a Senate hearing this morning that the lab-leak hypothesis was a credible explanation for the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, although less likely than a competing scenario in which the virus spilled over from wild or domesticated animals into people. "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.

Nevertheless, the idea is gaining increasing traction in the United States, where it was initially fueled by Trump and his aides and often dismissed by many as a political talking point. And that's something we've called for many, many times.

On Tuesday, the United States and other countries sought a more detailed investigation into the origin of the pandemic after it was discovered that its worldwide mission to China earlier this year was inconclusive.

Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Facui - the leading USA expert on infectious diseases - has said he's "not convinced" the pandemic originated naturally, and that more investigations are needed.

However, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of World Health Organization, said he believed the assessment was "not extensive enough" and that it required further investigation "to reach more robust conclusions".

David Relman, professor of microbiology at Stanford University in the United States, said in a letter to Science: "Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable". China has always denied the Labo Leak hypothesis.

DONALD TRUMP has doubled down on his previous claim that Covid-19 originated out of a laboratory in Wuhan, amid reports in the USA suggesting health officials believe it to be an increasingly credible theory.

"They were beginning to document it in their military documents that this was one viable option either in a pre-war or warfare scenario and all that information is actually out on the internet right now, in terms of what the People's Liberation Army has been saying about the use of biological weapons", he explained. "I'm very much where Dr. Fauci is with the desire to be as transparent as possible in this situation and really try to find out what happened".

However, many experts are still cautious. "But no one knows that 100% for sure".

The truth may never be known, said Gottlieb.

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