China says COVID may have originated in the US, Wuhan Lab Theory calls Lies

China says COVID may have originated in the US, Wuhan Lab Theory calls Lies

China says COVID may have originated in the US, Wuhan Lab Theory calls Lies

A comment from China’s state media has responded to a new report on the origins of COVID-19, saying a lab leak is still on the table.

The article, released Friday by Xinhua, the official news agency of the Chinese government, rejected any suggestion that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was leaking from a Chinese lab and said the theory was “used by anti-Chinese forces for political purposes.” fictional”.

The new COVID report was published on June 9 by the World Health Organization (WHO) Scientific Advisory Group on the Origin of New Pathogens (SAGO).

The group was convened by WHO last year to recommend further areas of study into the origins of COVID — and future pandemics — after previous studies proved inconclusive.

Wuhan Institute of Virology
A photo shows the exterior of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, in February 2021. There has been much speculation in the lab about the origin of COVID.
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The report states that the possibility of a lab leak remains an area of ​​investigation and recommended that additional investigations be conducted with lab personnel near some of the first cases reported in China.

It also states that labs elsewhere in the world should be investigated if they are located near where pre-2020 cases have been discovered.

Such lab studies could include examining biosecurity measures, finding out if there were occupational diseases before the recognized onset of the pandemic, and looking at whether SARS-like coronaviruses were developed.

SAGO said there is no new data to support the laboratory leak theory, but it “remains important to consider all reasonable scientific data available … to consider the possibility of the introduction of SARS-CoV-2 into human population. by a laboratory incident.”

At the same time, the report places great emphasis on other possible origins, including an animal host. It states that studies investigating whether an animal could have spread COVID at the Huanan fish market in Wuhan, which played an important role in the early stages of the pandemic, have not been completed.

In response to the report, the Xinhua article pointed to the WHO’s inconclusive 2021 origins report, which referred to a lab leak scenario as “extremely unlikely,” and the article also pushed for a theory that COVID may actually the US could have been created.

It said the US had been a “terrible bookkeeper” of its own early COVID outbreak, claiming that the Fort Detrick base in Maryland and biolabs at the University of North Carolina “have long been researching and modifying the coronavirus” .

China has shared such COVID conspiracy theories about Fort Detrick before.

Though thought unlikely, the idea of ​​a COVID leak leaking from a lab has become a common theory since the start of the pandemic.

Last year, President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. intelligence commission to investigate the origin of COVID and determine whether it came from a lab or from an animal. Again, that report was inconclusive.