Excluding COVID-19 Lab Leak Theory is “premature”, WHO Chief says


World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Secretary Tedros Adanom Gebreyes said Thursday that it was “premature” to rule out the possibility that COVID-19 emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Veterans Affairs in China without sufficient evidence. Stated.

Looking back at the March WHO report, which designated the COVID-19 Lab Leak theory hypothesis as “very unlikely,” Tedros said, based on his experience as a lab engineer and immunologist, “a lab accident occurred. I will do it. “

“I was working in the lab, but there was a lab accident,” Tedros told reporters. “It’s common.”

In recent months, the theory that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus has been the result of a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has been widely reported as a potential in legacy media as the number of scientists and officials increases. It came to be done. Discuss evidence to support the hypothesis.

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On February 23, 2017, Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli (L) can be seen at the P4 Institute in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, China. (Photo courtesy of Johannes Eisele / AFP, Getty Images)

COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP virus, was first reported in Wuhan, China.

The US State Department fact sheet in January raised a question as to whether the outbreak could have been the result of a laboratory accident at WIV. He said there was “reason to believe” that several WIV researchers became ill in the fall of 2019 with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses.

The agency also said the institute has been conducting secret military experiments on animals since at least 2017 and has a history of conducting research into the acquisition of viral functions. Such research involves modifying the virus to have new or extended features.

On May 26, U.S. President Joe Biden said intelligence agencies are considering various theories, including the possibility of a laboratory accident in China, and will prepare a report on the origin of the virus within 90 days. I ordered the intelligence agency.

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Workers wearing protective equipment are on the premises of the Jade Boutique Hotel, where members of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic were scheduled to complete quarantine in Wuhan, China in January. You can see it at. 28th, 2021. (Hector Retamaru by Getty Images / AFP)

“It’s especially important to see what happened in our lab,” said Tedros to determine if the virus originated from WIV.

“We need information about the situation in this lab before and at the start of the pandemic, direct information,” said the WHO chief, adding that it is important for Beijing to cooperate on this issue.

“Once we have the complete information, we can rule it out,” he said, referring to the Labreak hypothesis. “Whatever happens, you go and understand the origin. You need to know what happened to prevent the next.”

Tedros said the WHO is calling for more transparency in China’s regime as scientists investigate the origin of the virus.

A UN agency told reporters, “We are actually asking China for transparency, openness and cooperation in the information and raw data we sought in the early days of the pandemic.”

“I think millions of people suffered and millions really died to understand what happened,” Tedros added.

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While members of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origin of COVID-19 visited a laboratory in Wuhan, China on February 3, 2021, security guards studied the Wuhan virus in Wuhan. I am guarding outside the office. (Retamal / AFP via Hector Getty Images)

The Chinese administration has repeatedly quoted the phrase “very unlikely” from WHO reports to direct virus investigations to other countries. The first report stuck to Beijing’s favorable position on the origin of the virus. Beijing has pushed forward with the hypothesis of a natural zoonotic disease in which the virus is transmitted from an animal host to humans.

Many media have changed the description of the theory of leaks in the laboratory as it gained momentum.

For example, on May 24, PolitiFact quietly withdrew its September 2020 fact check. This is what Hong Kong virologists claim that the virus originated in the lab was labeled as inaccurate and “conspiracy theory.”

The Washington Post also quietly receded claims about Labreak theory.

Some reporters say they ignored the Labreak theory, mainly because Republicans promoted the idea.

Other outlets also modified or quietly updated stories, including Vox, while Facebook stopped posting bans suggesting that the virus was artificial.

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