China 'promoting flimsy theories that Covid-19 originated outside the country'

Clay Curtis
January 20, 2021

The US says it has intelligence that researchers in a Wuhan lab became sick with COVID-19-like symptoms in autumn 2019 - before the first identified case of the outbreak. "We have not determined whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan, China", it said.

"The virus could have emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals, spreading in a pattern consistent with a natural epidemic", according to the State Department.

According to the US Department of State, several researchers at a lab in Wuhan had been experimenting on RaTG13, which was a bat coronavirus and is the closest sample to SAR-CoV-2.

Shi, a Chinese virologist from the Wuhan Institute of Virology dubbed as China's "Bat Woman" due to her years of research and achievements in research with bats and viruses, and Zhou Peng, a scientist also from the institute, jointly published an article, titled "SARS-CoV-2 spillover events", on Science Magazine recently, which said that after the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan, several groups reported SARS-related coronavirus in horseshoe bats in China and in pangolins smuggled from South Asian countries.

Providing an alternate theory, the statement read, "Alternatively, a laboratory accident could resemble a natural outbreak if the initial exposure included only a few individuals and was compounded by asymptomatic infection".

"Any credible investigation into the origin of COVID-19 demands complete, transparent access to the research labs in Wuhan, including their facilities, samples, personnel, and records", the state department said.

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Shockingly, the video also shows Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) scientists working on "live viruses" without gloves and masks, in an apparent breach of the World Health Organisation safety rules on PPE.

"We raced against time and were the first country to report cases to the world".

The WHO team is now in Wuhan to conduct an onsite investigation. Earlier this month, Foreign Minister Wang Yi claimed "more and more research suggests that the pandemic was likely to have been caused by separate outbreaks in multiple places in the world".

The wet markets in Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have spread from an animal to humans.

"What I want to emphasise is if the USA truly respects science and facts, it should open the Fort Detrick laboratory and make questions about its over 200 overseas labs open to the public, while inviting World Health Organization experts to look into the origins and answer the global community's suspicions", she said. She dismissed the claims as the "last madness" of outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

In the new report released by the State Department, the US government shows that coronavirus infection may have originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), believing that some WIV researchers became infected in autumn of 2019 and have suffered "symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses".

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