Saturday, 19 June, 2021


China says politics behind US call for virus origin probe

Facebook ends ban on posts claiming COVID-19 is man-made WHO scientists likely to reconsider China lab origin theory of Covid-19
Melba Vasquez | 27 May, 2021, 22:40

Biden outlined steps the United States would take to try to resolve the question, apparently even if China declines to allow a more thorough investigation of the scenario than a World Health Organization (WHO) team conducted earlier this year.

Earlier this week, U.S. government sources said a still-classified USA intelligence report circulated during former President Donald Trump's administration alleged that three researchers at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital care.

"We're not going to go there just yet", Jean-Pierre replied, "We have to go through the 90-day review".

'They can't find the bat. The investigators, who spent almost a month in China, ruled that a lab accident was "extremely unlikely".

The two countries signed the so-called "phase 1" agreement in January 2020, in which Beijing pledged to increase its purchases of American products and services by at least $200 billion over 2020 and 2021.

"In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps", The Hill stated quoting a Facebook spokesperson.

Former US President Donald Trump had ruffled many feathers in China by repeatedly calling Coronavirus a "Chinese virus" and endorsed the view that the virus may have accidentally escaped from a laboratory and not through natural causes, that is a human coming in contact with an infected animal.

Roughly five hours prior to the policy change, US President Joe Biden ordered the intelligence community to produce a report on the origins of the COVID-19 virus in 90 days, revealing that now agencies are divided on the matter. The President has also asked the committee to raise specific questions for China. Biden's order also reopens a rift with Beijing, which has impeded previous worldwide investigations and punished foreign governments for suggesting it has something to hide. "They deserve to have this government hold accountable that nation which started this virus, whose lies about this virus turned it into a global pandemic, whose lies about this virus prevented our country and many others from being able to address it effectively in time-of course I'm talking about China".

"Would the president seek to punish China?".

The grant was terminated previous year by the administration of former president Donald Trump.

Yet on Tuesday it emerged that a State Department investigation into whether the Wuhan laboratory was the source of the pandemic had been shut down by the Biden administration. Wall Street Journal reports, including one highlighting how several Wuhan lab employees became sick in fall 2019 with covid-like symptoms, have added to that.

Zhao pointed out that the objective of origin-tracing is to improve human's understanding of the virus and better guard against infectious diseases in the future.

But so far a natural host has yet to be found.

'Because we don't know 100 percent what the origin is, it's imperative that we look and we do an investigation, ' he said.

"After the outbreak of the pandemic, China took the lead to support the World Health Organization in conducting researches on origin-tracing on a global scale", said Zhao, adding that the World Health Organization team in China jointly made field trips, analyzed a large number of statistics, issued an authoritative study report, and reached many significant conclusions, which "actively promoted the origin-tracing globally".

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