China Accuses U.S. of Hyping Theory Coronavirus Escaped From Lab

Members of the World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus visit the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan

Members of the World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus visit the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan

Fauci said earlier this month that he is "not convinced" that the Covid-19 virus developed naturally, and that he supported further investigation into the origins.

The bombshell report about the virus's origins came on the eve of a meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO), which is expected to discuss the next phase of an investigation into the origins of Covid.

US intelligence agencies are examining reports that researchers at a Chinese virology laboratory were seriously ill in 2019 a month before the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, according to USA government sources who cautioned that there is still no proof the disease originated at the lab.

Authorities in China and many public health experts have long claimed the virus likely originated in a Wuhan wet market or similar environment, possibly spreading from bats to other species before jumping to humans. Since it was first detected in late 2019 the virus has killed at least 3,470,000 people around the world.

Carlson's comments come after a previously undisclosed USA intelligence report revealed that three staffers at a Wuhan virology lab became sick with Covid-like symptoms weeks before China disclosed the virus outbreak to the world.

They charge that the mission was heavily orchestrated by Beijing and that the report focused disproportionately on theories favored by China.

On Tuesday, the United States and other countries called for a more in-depth probe into the pandemic's origins, after an worldwide mission to China earlier this year proved inconclusive.

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While the global and Chinese experts provided no clear answers on the origins of the pandemic, they ranked a number of hypotheses according to how likely they believed they were.

"As I've said many times, many of us feel that it is more likely that this is a natural occurrence, as has happened with SARS-CoV-1, where it goes from an animal reservoir to a human", said Fauci. The WHO acknowledged further study was needed.

In their own report on the origins of COVID-19 issued last week, Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee asserted that there was "significant circumstantial evidence" suggesting COVID-19 "may have been a leak" from the Wuhan lab.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said following the probe that it didn't adequately analyze the possibility of a lab accident, adding that he is ready to deploy additional resources.

A World Health Organization team is now reviewing the report recommendations and "will prepare a proposal for the next studies that will need to be carried out", a spokesman said in April.

Some scientists had criticized WHO's investigation method in a letter, saying: "A proper investigation should be transparent, objective, data-driven, inclusive of broad expertise, subject to independent oversight, and responsibly managed to minimize the impact of conflicts of interest".

"Now everybody is agreeing that I was right when I very early on called Wuhan as the source of Covid-19", the former president said Tuesday. "We need a completely transparent process with China, we need the [World Health Organization] to assist in that matter".

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