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    A TEAM of World Health Organisation experts probing the origins of Covid-19 is scrapping a top level report on its recent mission to China, say reports. No reasons were apparently given for the decision to ditch the interim report but the move comes after a string of delays and a dramatic U-turn by the WHO. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 7WIV is known to have been experimenting with bat coronavirusesCredit: Wuhan Virology Institute And after it was accused of "a whitewash" by saying it found Covid probably did not originate at the Wuhan wet market or from a state science lab leak. The much-heralded probe had been plagued by delays, concern over access and bickering between Beijing and Washington. Tensions were heightened when the US accused China of hiding the extent of the initial outbreak and criticised the terms of the WHO visit, under which...
    THE LEAD investigator on the World Health Organisation team investigating the origins of the pandemic has admitted the lab leak theory is "definitely NOT off the table". Dr Peter Ben Embarek, who led the WHO team in Wuhan, said they didn't get "hard facts or detailed data" from the Chinese lab at the centre of a storm over the origins of the coronavirus outbreak. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 7The WHO team visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology as part of their investigationCredit: EPA 7Peter Ben Embarek admitted they didn't get 'hard facts or detailed data' from the labCredit: AP:Associated Press Embarek, an expert on animal diseases and food safety, stressed he was skeptical of the theory that the virus emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) - but admitted it was still a possibility. WIV is known to have been experimenting with bat coronaviruses and creating...
    The head of the World Health Organization group that investigated the origins of the novel coronavirus says they didn’t get “hard facts or detailed data” on the work done at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Peter Ben Embarek, an expert on animal diseases and food safety, also stressed that he remains skeptical of the lab leak hypothesis but that it is “definitely not off the table.” China has worked to thwart investigations into the origins of the virus, which turned into a pandemic that has killed 2.55 million people worldwide. A WHO joint investigation with China was conducted in January and early February. Embarek, who led that mission, said in an online discussion last week that WHO had not gotten key information about the research at the Wuhan lab, though he downplayed the likelihood COVID-19 originated there. He was speaking with Dale Fisher, who was part of...
    CHINA has received more than $27million worth of US taxpayer money for scientific experiments and studies over the last ten years. The US Sun can reveal the staggering sum of at least $27,243,543 has been sent directly to institutions, labs and universities in the Communist Party state since 2010. 4The Wuhan Institute of Virology has cast a spotlight on the US funding Chinese labs Our investigation revealed that the astonishing amount of money has been sent overseas by the National Institutes for Health - the US taxpayer-funded government agency responsible for health research. And from its yearly budgets of up to $40billion a slice was sent that was sent across China for various different experiments and research projects. It comes as the agency already came under fire last year after it was revealed to have released funds which were funneled to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV)....
            by Debra Heine  Fox News host Steve Hilton on Sunday shared the latest shocking findings from his months-long investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, alleging that the virus links back to U.S. commissioned research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that was overseen by Dr. Anthony Fauci. The host of the “The Next Revolution” told his viewers that there is reason to believe that SARS Covid-2—which is now widely believed to have leaked from the Wuhan Lab—is the “product of genetic experiments commissioned and funded by our own government.” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has been an influential advocate of a very controversial type of research called “Gain of Function” virus research. The research “aims to take a virus and then manipulate its genetic code to make it stronger and more contagious. The virus would gain new functions,...
    A MYSTERIOUS dark database hidden by China could be the smoking gun that proves the Covid DID leak from a Wuhan lab, a study has claimed. The Sun Online can reveal the closely guarded cache of information is believed to include unpublished samples of data on new viruses and hidden bat collection sties. 3Databases currently offline could provide key answers over the Wuhan Institute of VirologyCredit: WIV The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has been at the centre of a storm ever since the virus first emerged just a stone's throw from the facility which was known to be studying very similar bat viruses. Most of WIV's databases were once accessible online - but have since all been taken systematically taken offline by China. And it is believed one of the data files - which was password protected before being taken down - could be holding information...
    A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:Biden didn't reinstate funding for a Wuhan virus labClaim: President Joe Biden restored taxpayer funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology.The facts: Social media users are falsely claiming the Biden administration is bankrolling the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a Chinese lab that has faced unproven allegations that the coronavirus leaked from the facility, leading to the global COVID-19 pandemic. "Biden not sending out COVID relief checks... but refunding the Wuhan lab where COVID came from is THE PERFECT EXAMPLE of America last," read a screenshot of a Twitter post shared on Instagram. "Voila - U.S. taxpayer money was returned to the Wuhan Institute of Virology," a Washington Times opinion piece...
    By ALI SWENSON and ARIJETA LAJKA, The Associated Press A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Biden didn’t reinstate funding for a Wuhan virus lab CLAIM: President Joe Biden restored taxpayer funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology. THE FACTS: Social media users are falsely claiming the Biden administration is bankrolling the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a Chinese lab that has faced unproven allegations that the coronavirus leaked from the facility, leading to the global COVID-19 pandemic. “Biden not sending out COVID relief checks… but refunding the Wuhan lab where COVID came from is THE PERFECT EXAMPLE of America last,” read a screenshot of a Twitter post shared on Instagram. “Voila — U.S. taxpayer money...
    A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Biden didn’t reinstate funding for a Wuhan virus lab CLAIM: President Joe Biden restored taxpayer funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology. THE FACTS: Social media users are falsely claiming the Biden administration is bankrolling the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a Chinese lab that has faced unproven allegations that the coronavirus leaked from the facility, leading to the global COVID-19 pandemic. “Biden not sending out COVID relief checks… but refunding the Wuhan lab where COVID came from is THE PERFECT EXAMPLE of America last,” read a screenshot of a Twitter post shared on Instagram. “Voila — U.S. taxpayer money was returned to the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” a...
    Over a year after the first coronavirus cases were detected, experts are still unsure as to whether the virus occurred in nature or was developed or modified in a lab before jumping to humans. Many have disregarded the lab-leak theory, including the World Health Organization, which said that the likelihood that the virus originated in a lab was “extremely unlikely” following the conclusion of its six-week investigation into the matter. But some, including WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom, have pushed back, saying that there is not enough evidence to conclude exactly how the virus appeared. “Some questions have been raised as to whether some hypotheses have been discarded,” Tedros said on Feb. 11. “I want to clarify that all hypotheses remain open and require further study.” “At this point in time, all scientific data related to the genome of SARS-CoV-2 and the epidemiology of COVID-19 are equally consistent...
            by Andrew Kerr  Dozens of Republican members of Congress wrote a letter to National Institutes of Health Acting Inspector General Christi Grimm on Tuesday demanding a “prompt and thorough investigation” into the NIH’s relationship with a Chinese lab that studied coronaviruses. The 28 lawmakers demanded Grimm investigate the total amount of funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has received from the NIH, as well as whether any NIH officials communicated with the lab or its U.S. sponsor at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to quell debate surrounding the theory that the virus could have accidentally escaped from the lab. Researchers at the WIV were studying bat-based coronaviruses prior to the outbreak, a project partially backed by $600,000 in U.S. taxpayer funds routed to the lab through NIH subgrants from the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance. The president of EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, was the...
    A type of scientific experimentation known as “gain-of-function” (GOF) research has long been discouraged due to its risks, and the promised upsides don’t appear to be coming to fruition. GOF research, in the medical context, involves making pathogens more deadly, more transmissible, or both, and is carried out with the aim of better preparing the world for viral outbreaks and aiding in the development of vaccines and other remedies. Since the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, some have posited that the deadly virus may be a result of GOF research that escaped from a lab, since the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) located just miles from the epicenter of the pandemic has conducted GOF research on bats in the past. This is a must read. It summarizes very nicely the concerns about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, explains what “gain of function” research is, and lays out the shocking conflicts...
    More than two dozen Republican House members demanded the Health and Human Services Department's independent watchdog investigate the National Institutes of Health’s response to concerns raised about taxpayer-funded research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, one of the potential origins of the coronavirus pandemic. GOP members called for a “prompt and thorough investigation into the NIH’s response to biosafety concerns” at the Wuhan lab, asking HHS Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm to look into what funding the Wuhan lab received from the United States in the past, if the lab was still eligible for U.S. taxpayer support, and whether U.S. funding continued. Peter Daszak, a member of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus origins investigative team who worked with the Wuhan lab for years and helped steer NIH funding to it for bat coronavirus research through his EcoHealth Alliance, criticized the Biden administration for appearing skeptical of the...
    Dozens of Republican members of Congress wrote a letter to National Institutes of Health Acting Inspector General Christi Grimm on Tuesday demanding a “prompt and thorough investigation” into the NIH’s relationship with a Chinese lab that studied coronaviruses. The 28 lawmakers demanded Grimm investigate the total amount of funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has received from the NIH, as well as whether any NIH officials communicated with the lab or its U.S. sponsor at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to quell debate surrounding the theory that the virus could have accidentally escaped from the lab. Researchers at the WIV were studying bat-based coronaviruses prior to the outbreak, a project partially backed by $600,000 in U.S. taxpayer funds routed to the lab through NIH subgrants from the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance. The president of EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, was the sole U.S. member of the World Health Organization...
    The Wuhan Institute of Virology is expected to receive American taxpayer dollars for the next three years. And yes, to fund more animal research. Given that the place could be the source of what killed 2.5 million people, you'd think maybe giving more cash to them would be seen as nuts. That's like handing a tornado the key to the city after it blew the roof off every house. CHINA HAS NOT SHARED ‘SUFFICIENT’ DATA FOR WHO CORONAVIRUS ORIGIN REPORT: NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER Or, giving New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo an Emmy for his senior citizen outreach. Oh, wait, that happened. The fact is, China has obscured the pandemic’s origin, even pushing fake news about it being made in the U.S. Still, the World Health Organization delegation has concluded a leak from Wuhan was unlikely. But as biologist Brett Weinstein points out -- we've reached a crucial fork in the road. If...
            by Chuck Ross  Matt Pottinger, who served as deputy national security adviser under former President Donald Trump, said Sunday that the evidence that the coronavirus resulted from human error in a Chinese lab “far outweighs” other theories about the origins of the pandemic. “If you weigh the circumstantial evidence, the ledger on the side of an explanation that says that this resulted from some kind of human error, it far outweighs the side of the scale that says this was some natural outbreak,” Pottinger said in an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “We have very strong reason to believe that the Chinese military was doing secret classified animal experiments in that same laboratory, going all the way back to at least 2017,” he continued. “We have good reason to believe that there was an outbreak of flu-like illness among researchers working in the...
    More On: Coronavirus Lockdown party host’s disguise exposed by fake lashes, earrings State Senate set to pass package of nursing home reforms amid scandal Republican on House budget panel slams Biden’s relief plan When Fauci says high school students could get COVID-19 vaccine The Wuhan Institute of Virology remains the most likely source of the coronavirus pandemic, yet it is set to receive US taxpayer dollars for the next three years. Worse, the cash will fund more animal research. The National Institutes of Health told the Daily Caller that the Wuhan lab has an active Foreign Assurance file that authorizes it for US funding until 2024. When the virus first broke out, the Wuhan Institute had reportedly been testing coronaviruses in bats with $600,000 of US funding routed via the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance. The NIH terminated that EcoHealth grant, with the promise to restore it if an independent investigation...
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    Matt Pottinger, who served as deputy national security adviser under former President Donald Trump, said Sunday that the evidence that the coronavirus resulted from human error in a Chinese lab “far outweighs” other theories about the origins of the pandemic. “If you weigh the circumstantial evidence, the ledger on the side of an explanation that says that this resulted from some kind of human error, it far outweighs the side of the scale that says this was some natural outbreak,” Pottinger said in an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “We have very strong reason to believe that the Chinese military was doing secret classified animal experiments in that same laboratory, going all the way back to at least 2017,” he continued. “We have good reason to believe that there was an outbreak of flu-like illness among researchers working in the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the fall of...
    More On: Coronavirus Johns Hopkins expert says new CDC school reopening plan will harm kids ‘Alone’: How Italian town with first known virus death fared Japan finds new COVID-19 strain, immigration center reports infections CDC director worries over ‘pandemic fatigue’ come spring The Wuhan Institute of Virology – the Chinese lab being investigated for possibly leaking the coronavirus – has been authorized to receive US taxpayer funding for animal research through 2024, according to a report. Prior to the outbreak, researchers at the lab had been studying bat-based coronaviruses in a project partially supported by $600,000 in US government funding routed from the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, the Daily Caller reported. EcoHealth President Peter Daszak — the only American member of a World Health Organization delegation that recently visited China to probe the origins of the pandemic — said the US should accept WHO’s preliminary conclusion it was highly unlikely...
    THE World Health Organization should probe a US bioweapons lab for allegedly "leaking Covid", a leading Chinese scientist has claimed. Zeng Guang, a chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the United States should be the focus for trying to find the source of the Covid pandemic. 2Zeng Guang said the United States should be the focus for trying to find the source of the Covid pandemicCredit: Weforum.org 2Researchers work in a lab of Wuhan Institute of VirologyCredit: EPA "The United States has biological laboratories all over the world. Why does the United States have so many laboratories? What is the purpose of this?" he told Chinese media. "In many things, the United States requires others to be open and transparent. In the end, it turns out that the United States itself is often the most opaque. "Regardless of whether the United States does anything special...
    The Wuhan Institute of Virology – the China lab U.S. intelligence has tied to the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus – received U.S. funding from 2014 to 2019 for studies on bat-based coronaviruses and is eligible to receive American taxpayer funding through January 2024, the Daily Caller reported, citing the National Institutes of Health. The WIV received $600,000 of U.S. government funding through the New York-based non-profit group EcoHealth Alliance, the Daily Caller said. EcoHealth President Peter Daszak, the only American who was part of the World Health Organizations delegation that visited China to investigate the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 in January and February, said the U.S. should accept WHOs preliminary conclusion it was highly unlikely the lab was involved. The statement was dismissed by the former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, who characterized it as "really disingenuous." Then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo disclosed...
    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will "call" during Friday’s virtual G-7 summit of leaders, including President Biden, for the international community to "get to the bottom" of exactly how COVID-19 originated. Johnson has backed demands by the Biden administration for China to come up with raw data that Beijing reportedly did not provide World Health Organization investigators during its four-week study of the disease in Wuhan. In a recent response to emailed questions from Fox News, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic acknowledged, "It is customary that datasets are shared for parallel analysis." COVID CONSPIRACY SHOWS VAST REACH OF CHINESE DISINFORMATION He said this raw data was provided by the Chinese for "some of the studies," but he went on to note, it "will be discussed for other aspects of the work where this was not yet possible." Regarding reports there were "heated discussions" about getting hold of all the information...
    (CNN)When World Health Organization investigators wrapped up their work examining the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan this month, Chinese officials were clear where they felt the WHO should look next."(We hope) that following China's example, the US side will act in a positive, science-based and cooperative manner on the origin-tracing issue (and) invite WHO experts in for an origin-tracing study," Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said last week. Going even further, Zeng Guang, chief epidemiologist at China's Center for Disease Control, said the US should now be "the focus" of global efforts to trace the virus. That Chinese officials should point to the US when discussing the origins of a virus first detected in central China may at first appear confusing to many. But for months now, China has been advancing alternative theories for how the coronavirus first emerged, ones that would obviate any blame officials in Wuhan may bear for not...
            by Eric Lendrum  The Wuhan Institute of Virology, the controversial laboratory in China that many have pointed to as the origin of the Chinese coronavirus, has been authorized to receive American taxpayer funding for the next three years, according to the Daily Caller. A spokesperson for the National Institute of Health (NIH) confirmed this to the Caller, and said that the funding for which the lab is eligible would be focused on “animal research” through at least January of 2024. The lab had previously received $600,000 in taxpayer funding between 2014 and 2019, with the funds being funneled to the lab by the shady nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance. That funding went directly to the lab’s efforts to test coronavirus cases in bats just before the global outbreak. EcoHealth’s broader efforts to study bat-based coronavirus strains in China received $3.7 million in grant funding from the National Institute...
    The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is authorized to receive taxpayer funding for animal research through January 2024, according to the National Institute of Health. The WIV received $600,000 in taxpayer funds between 2014 and 2019 through the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance to study bat-based coronaviruses.  The president of EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, was the sole U.S. member in the World Health Organization delegation that investigated the origins of COVID-19 in China. Daszak said the White House should blindly accept the WHO’s determination that it’s highly unlikely that COVID-19 could have unintentionally leaked from the WIV. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is authorized to receive taxpayer funding for animal research until January 2024, the National Institute of Health told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The WIV is at the center of widespread speculation that COVID-19 could have entered the human population in China due to an accidental lab...
    The World Health Organization team leader who first appeared to rule out the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis has now backed off, saying it remains under consideration and will be reviewed further. Peter Ben Embarek said last week that the possibility that the coronavirus may have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology didn’t merit further inquiry. Days later, however, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reversed that by saying more study was needed, and Embarek seemed to echo that on Monday. “We also decided and agreed that all the hypotheses would be reviewed on a regular basis based on advanced knowledge from our new studies and from evidence that could come up in the coming weeks and months. So, that’s the context under which these hypotheses and the others were designed and used, and of course, they are all still under consideration,” Embarek said on Monday. “In particular, none...
    The Digital Forensics Research Lab released a report on Monday that called the theory that the coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan an “outright false narrative.”  The lab, which receives funding from Facebook, also asserted in its report that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton helped seed conspiracy theories about the origins of the virus by calling for an investigation into the lab leak theory.  The lab theory is far from debunked. The Washington Post editorial board called it “plausible” in a Feb. 5 editorial, and called for the World Health Organization to investigate.  A research group affiliated with a prominent foreign policy think tank and funded by Facebook released a report on Monday asserting that the theory that the coronavirus pandemic originated from a leak in a lab in Wuhan is disinformation, even though the theory has not been debunked. “The report focuses on how varying, unverified, and...
    A Sunday report from the Daily Mail claimed that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was granted a patent for “bat rearing cages” — which the publication called “secret bat cages” — just 11 months before Beijing, China reported the first cases of coronavirus a few miles from the lab. “The cloak of secrecy with which the Chinese government has enveloped the institute makes it hard to establish the extent to which the patents were translated into practice, but an online biography of the lab’s work also states that researchers have the capacity to keep 12 bat cages, along with 12 ferret cages,” the publication reported. According to the outlet, the patent for the cages includes in-depth detail about drinking, feeding, and breeding conditions for bats. The document also allegedly says the bats are freed after researchers obtain the necessary sample or raised it temporarily. Notably, a previous report from the...
    A WHO scientist has admitted the Covid lab leak theory has NOT been ruled out as the team comes under fire over its "whitewash" investigation in China. Professor John Watson, who was part of the WHO team that travelled to Wuhan, stated the leak hypothesis remains on the table and confessed the mission may not have had the proper expertise to fully investigate the lab. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Professor John Watson revealed the lab leak has NOT been ruled out by WHO 6The Wuhan Institute of Virology lab is the centre of fears about the origins of CovidCredit: AP:Associated Press Prof Watson appeared BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show and he said additional investigations were needed to look at a potential leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) "in more detail". WIV is known to have been experimenting with bat...
    One of the key members of the World Health Organization (WHO) team looking into where COVID-19 originated has a lengthy history suggesting he may hold a vested interest in determining the virus did not leak from a lab – and the media is hardly talking about it. Much reporting on the WHO’s recent visit to Wuhan has done little to characterize Dr. Peter Daszak, the sole U.S. citizen on the team, and his background. Daszak has a long financial history with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), previous reporting shows. He even organized a PR campaign in early 2020 to paint the lab leak hypothesis as a “conspiracy” in order to relieve the lab and Beijing of any potential scrutiny. WHO’s investigative team recently ended its mission and declared it unlikely that the virus originated from a lab, only to flip flop on the assertion hours later. By then, dozens...
    A CHINESE lab at the centre of a storm over the origins of Covid reportedly designed secret cages for breeding bats for virus experiments. The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) was found to have filed patents for "bat rearing cages" and "artificial breeding" systems in the months before the coronavirus first emerged last December. 4Chinese scientists from WIV handling a bat in a cave in YunnanCredit: EcoHealth Alliance WIV has been subject to international scrutiny as it was known to have been carrying out experiments on bat coronaviruses - and is located just miles from Covid's ground zero. And the allegations continue despite the World Health Organisation appearing to exonerate the lab in its findings after a mission to Wuhan - which since been branded a "whitewash". The new revelations about the bat cages raises more questions about the work the Chinese scientists - lead by Dr Shi Zhengli, known...
    The Chinese laboratory at the centre of suspicion over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic was awarded a patent for cages to hold live bats for testing just months before the virus started spreading. The revelation comes after the World Health Organisation last week backed Beijing’s line, saying that a leak from the institute was ‘highly unlikely’, while giving credence to theories that the virus had entered the country via frozen meat. The team included Peter Daszak, a British-born zoologist whose organisation EcoHealth Alliance has studied bat-borne viruses with Wuhan lab scientists for 15 years, and who has categorically denied that researchers keep the mammals for testing. However, The Mail on Sunday has established that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) filed an application in June 2018 to patent ‘bat rearing cages’ which would be ‘capable of healthy growth and breeding under artificial conditions’. The patent, which has been seen by...
    The head of WHO today insisted that the theory Covid-19 emerged in a laboratory in Wuhan has not been dismissed following a controversial fact-finding mission to China.  The investigation to Wuhan, where the first cases were detected, failed to identify the source of the virus but appeared to disregard the theory that it leaked from a virology laboratory in the city. However, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today said that following the 'very important scientific exercise ... all hypotheses remain open and require further analysis and studies.' It comes after Peter Embarek, the leader of the WHO team, this week concluded it was 'extremely unlikely' that the virus emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.        The head of WHO today insisted that the theory Covid-19 emerged in a laboratory in Wuhan has not been dismissed following a controversial fact-finding mission to China. Pictured: WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus  Shi Zhengli works with other...
            by Debra Heine  An influential member of the World Health Organization who claimed to have no conflicts of interest regarding China, has accepted research grants from the Chinese Communist Party and runs a U.S.-based research organization that been working with the Wuhan Institute of Virology for 18 years, the National Pulse reported. Peter Daszak recently traveled to Wuhan with other WHO researchers to uncover the origins of COVID-19.  The investigative team concluded that it is “extremely unlikely” COVID-19 came from a Chinese Communist Party lab. In February of 2020, however, scientists from the South China University of Technology came to the opposite conclusion. These scientists released a research paper on the origins of COVID-19 that concluded that the deadly virus was likely created in a Wuhan city lab. Their study confirmed that the virus came from a type of bat that doesn’t live within 900 kilometers of Wuhan...
    The head of the World Health Organization said all theories on the coronavirus origins need more investigation, just days after the leader of the WHO team in China dismissed the need for further study of the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday seemed to walk back comments made earlier this week by Dr. Peter Ben Embarek that the lab leak theory was “extremely unlikely” and didn’t merit further inquiry. “The independent expert team to study the origins of the COVID-19 virus has completed its trip to China … The expert team is still working on its final report, and we look forward to receiving both the report and a full briefing,” Tedros said. “Some questions have been raised as to whether some hypotheses have been discarded. I want to clarify that all hypotheses remain open and require further study.” China has done its...
    World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said Thursday that all theories behind the origin of COVID-19 warrant further investigation. His comments come after a WHO panel investigating the pandemic’s origins in Wuhan said Tuesday the theory that COVID-19 could have accidentally leaked from a lab is “highly unlikely” and not worth further investigation. “I want to clarify that all hypotheses remain open and require further study,” Tedros said Thursday. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said Thursday that all theories into the origin of COVID-19, including the lab leak hypothesis, merit further investigation. Tedros’s statement came two days after a joint WHO-China panel investigating the origins of the pandemic in Wuhan said the lab leak theory was “extremely unlikely” and not worth exploring any further. The panel instead recommended that further research be conducted into China-favored theories such as the possibility that the virus could have been imported...
    The spy chief for former President Donald Trump criticized the “disingenuous” World Health Organization’s findings on the origins of the coronavirus, saying U.S. intelligence did not support the WHO's dismissal of the hypothesis that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, the head of the visiting WHO team in Wuhan, announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the WHO had considered four main hypotheses: direct transmission from an animal species to humans, transmission through an intermediate species, a “laboratory-related incident," or transmission through frozen foods — a theory Chinese government authorities pushed for months. He said a jump from an animal to another animal to humans was the most likely, but that frozen foods were also possible, but claimed an accidental release from a Wuhan lab was “extremely unlikely” and suggested there was no need to investigate that option any further. ...
    More from: Miranda Devine Tricky Joe Bidens family influence: Devine Noxious Nancys cynical timing: Devine Facebook’s squad of thought police: Devine Hey, WHO! Do a real Wuhan probe: Devine Dr. Fauci needs to be held responsible for COVID-19 mistakes: Devine Surprise, surprise! The crack team of investigators the World Health Organization sent to China to investigate the origins of the pandemic has ruled out a leak from a Wuhan lab. Phew. That’s China off the hook, then. Carry on. It’s all such a tragic farce. The WHO team spent almost four weeks in Wuhan, half in quarantine, but they spent just three hours at the Wuhan Institute that credible virologists across the world say is the most likely source of the outbreak. They were convinced during their visit that it was impossible for any lab accidents to have occurred there, because standards are so high. No needle pricks, animal bites...
    The origin of the year-long coronavirus pandemic remains a mystery after scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) wrapped up its investigation in Wuhan, China -- drawing criticism from U.S. officials. Peter Ben Embarek, who led the months-long investigation with a team of WHO scientists, said Wednesday that the investigation did not drastically change the picture of the virus. But he did stomp on a theory that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a lab in China’s Hubei province. STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS 'JURY STILL OUT' ON WHO'S WUHAN CORONAVIRUS INVESTIGATION Embarek said the theory was "extremely unlikely" and did not require additional study. "I think the report is shameful," Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Fox News Wednesday, rejecting the conclusion that the virus did not in fact come from a lab. "The WHO, instead of stepping in as medical professionals, instead of acting quickly to stop this pandemic ... just...
    A member of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus origins investigative team who previously worked with the Wuhan Institute of Virology celebrated the WHO's findings dismissing the lab leak hypothesis, criticized the Biden administration and U.S. intelligence, and defended China to CCP-linked outlets. Peter Daszak, a British-born American scientist who runs the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance and had used some of the millions his group received from the National Institutes of Health to fund bat coronavirus studies at the Wuhan lab, spent the 24 hours after the joint China-WHO team released its findings on Tuesday hitting critics of China and the WHO. “Joe Biden has to look tough on China,” Daszak tweeted in response to a South China Morning Post article detailing how the Biden administration would not necessarily believe the China-WHO conclusions without the United States doing its own inquiry. “Please don’t rely too much on US intel:...
    More On: Coronavirus World’s second-oldest person survives COVID-19 at age 116 New virus found in bats similar to one that causes COVID-19 This is what quarantine in Olympic-host Japan looks like Britain threatens 10-year prison sentence for lying about pandemic travel WUHAN, China — A World Health Organization team is leaving China on Wednesday after gaining some new insights into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 2.3 million people worldwide — but with the major questions still unanswered. The visit was politically sensitive for China — which is concerned about any allegations it didn’t handle the initial outbreak properly — and has been closely watched around the world. Team member Peter Daszak sounded an upbeat note on arriving at the airport at the end of the four-week trip to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first COVID-19 cases were detected in...
    A SCIENTIST on the WHO's controversial investigation mission to Wuhan has today dismissed US intelligence "wrong on many aspects" about Covid-19. In an extraordinary outburst Peter Daszak, a British-American expert in pandemics expert, warned people to "trust" Chinese data instead.  ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8Peter Daszak, a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of Covid, waves as he leaves a hotel in Wuhan todayCredit: Reuters 8Peter Ben Embarek and Peter Daszak pose for a photographCredit: Reuters Daszak also accused President Biden of "trying to look tough on China" after a State Department spokesman questioned whether Beijing had been fully open with the WHO fact-find mission.  But it has emerged the organisation which he heads, the EcoHealth Alliance, has reportedly had links with the Wuhan Institute of Virology which is at the centre of the leaked...
    More On: world health organization WHO’s latest China-virus whitewash Mike Pompeo believes China misled WHO on new COVID-19 origins report WHO says COVID-19 unlikely to have leaked from China lab WHO admits Chinese mission likely won’t determine COVID-19 origin The United States is not yet agreeing to accept the World Health Organization’s findings in its probe of the origins of the coronavirus — which allegedly dispelled the theory that it was artificially created in a lab in Wuhan, China. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price declined to offer a US response to the WHO’s findings released that day. The agency, which launched what it described as a probe into the origins of the pandemic, downplayed the likelihood that it was leaked from a lab in the Hubei province sometime in late 2019. Rumors of the virus being artificially manufactured have hounded the Chinese government since...
    Sen. Ted Cruz slammed the World Health Organization after it concluded that the coronavirus pandemic did not accidentally escape from a Wuhan lab, saying that the organization is putting too much trust in China’s word. “Shameful. At the outset of the pandemic, the WHO acted as a propagandist for communist China, echoing the CCP’s lies,” the Texas Republican tweeted. “Now, the WHO concludes that the virus did not accidentally escape from a Wuhan govt lab because...the CCP told them it didn’t.” Shameful.At the outset of the pandemic, the WHO acted as a propagandist for communist China, echoing the CCP’s lies.Now, the WHO concludes that the virus did not accidentally escape from a Wuhan govt lab because......the CCP told them it didn’t. https://t.co/hzZfllq3aU— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 10, 2021 Cruz was reacting to a report that outlined the WHO investigation in China, with investigators determining that the escaped lab theory was...
    MIKE Pompeo says there is "significant evidence" that Covid-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory as he blasts the "corrupt" WHO. The former US Secretary of State made the remarks after the World Health Organisation (WHO) insisted the killer coronavirus did NOT come from the Wuhan lab after a 14 day investigation. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Mike Pompeo says there is 'significant evidence' that Covid originated in the Wuhan lab, despite the WHO's findingsCredit: Reuters Appearing to side with the Communist Party, the WHO has been accused of a "whitewash" after also dismissing the theory that Covid came from a Wuhan wet market. In response to the bombshell findings, Pompeo slammed the UN agency claiming it had "bended a knee" to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since the start of the pandemic which has killed millions and wrecked economies around the world. He told...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle,” World Health Organization adviser Jamie Metzl criticized the organization’s investigation into the origins of the coronavirus for not taking a serious enough look at the possibility of an accidental lab leak and saying that “the actual investigation was done by Chinese authorities. And so, the W.H.O. investigators were basically receiving reports from the Chinese officials.” Metzl said, “Well, the investigation itself was very short. It was two weeks of quarantine and two weeks of meetings, but the actual investigation was done by Chinese authorities. And so, the W.H.O. investigators were basically receiving reports from the Chinese officials.” He continued, “And as I see it, the big failure is that they outlined four possible ways that COVID could have begun. One was direct bat to human. Second, bat through an animal intermediate host. Third, through shipping or some kind of frozen...
    State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Tuesday "the jury's still out" on the findings of an investigation by the World Health Organization that suggests the coronavirus was transmitted from animal to human, effectively shelving other theories, including that the highly infectious virus was leaked from a lab in Wuhan into the surrounding community.  DOZENS MAY HAVE DEVELOPED RARE BLOOD DISORDER AFTER VACCINEl REPORT "I wouldn't want to be conclusive yet before we've seen the report. I think it's premature for us to go there," Price said of WHO's investigative findings.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken faces a unique balancing act, managing the newly reestablished relationship with the U.S. and WHO -- which was severed by the Trump administration -- while also taking caution not to dismiss credible scientific theories about how the coronavirus originated.  "Rather than rush to conclusions that may be motivated by anything other than science, we want to see where...
    The pandemic didn’t begin in a Chinese laboratory. Nor did it start in Wuhan. Nor indeed, in all probability, did it start in China at all. If the Chinese were hoping to be exonerated from blame over the origins of the coronavirus that has caused nearly 2.5 million deaths worldwide, they could not have wished for better than yesterday’s World Health Organisation findings. The investigation by the joint WHO-China mission to investigate the origins of the outbreak is a disgrace. As someone who has probed the origins of the virus in depth for this newspaper, I must start by saying I do not believe Covid-19 was man-made and released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  I found no evidence to support this, and the world’s leading virologists agree that no human laboratory could create a synthetic virus as sophisticated as this one. But that is the only WHO finding I...
    WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday poured cold water on a new World Health Organization report which concluded it was “extremely unlikely” the COVID-19 outbreak leaked from a Chinese lab. In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said he believed WHO officials were acting in the best interests of China and said he was aware of “significant evidence” that the global pandemic did in fact originate in a Wuhan laboratory. “I must say the reason we left the World Health Organization was because we came to believe that it was corrupted, it had been politicized. It was bending a knee to General Secretary Xi Jinping in China,” Pompeo said of the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the UN body. “I hope that’s not the case here with what they’ve announced today. I’ll look forward to seeing their reports and analysis, but I don’t believe it’s...
    A joint Chinese and World Health Organization panel investigating the origins of COVID-19 said it’s highly unlikely that the virus could have accidentally leaked from a laboratory. While it didn’t completely rule out the possibility of a lab leak, the panel said it would not spend any more time investigating the theory. The panel also reported that it found no cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan prior to December 2019. The claim contradicts a January State Department report that said the U.S. government has reason to believe researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology came down with COVID-19 symptoms prior to the first known cases of the outbreak. A joint Chinese and World Health Organization panel investigating COVID-19’s origins said Tuesday it’s highly unlikely that the virus accidentally leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan. The panel also said there were no known COVID-19 infections in Wuhan prior to December...
    More On: world health organization WHO says COVID-19 unlikely to have leaked from China lab WHO admits Chinese mission likely won’t determine COVID-19 origin WHO scientists visit Chinese lab where COVID may have originated WHO team tours Wuhan market linked to COVID-19 outbreak WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday poured cold water on a new World Health Organization report which concluded it was “extremely unlikely” the COVID-19 outbreak leaked from a Chinese lab. In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said he believed WHO officials were acting in the best interests of China and said he was aware of “significant evidence” that the global pandemic did in fact originate in a Wuhan laboratory. “I must say the reason we left the World Health Organization was because we came to believe that it was corrupted, it had been politicized. It was bending a knee to General...
    "Not a thing" has changed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's suspicion that the coronavirus might have originated from a lab in Wuhan, he said Tuesday, following the World Health Organization's investigation calling the hypothesis an "extremely unlikely" possibility. Pompeo implied that the Chinese Communist Party could seek to distort findings from the global health agency's investigation, adding, "I hope that's not the case here with what they've announced today. ... I'll look forward to seeing their reports and analysis." "I must say, the reason we left the World Health Organization was because we came to believe that it was corrupt. It had been politicized. It was bending a knee to General Secretary Xi Jinping in China," Pompeo said. "I hope [WHO] got to see all the data, all the science, into the lab, talk to the doctors, interview them ... in private, in places where they could actually tell...
    MYSTERY rages as the World Health Organisation announced findings from its probe in China which left world no closer to figuring out where Covid came from. The highly anticipated news conference on Covid's origins this morning lasted nearly three hours - but left more questions than it offered answers. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 7 With no breakthrough discoveries to offer after the ten scientists spent 14 days on carefully managed visits organised by the Chinese state to key sites in Wuhan, the the probe is facing allegations of a "whitewash". Dr Peter Ben Embarek said identifying the origins of the virus remains a "work in progress" - and admitted the team had uncovered new information but had not dramatically changed the picture of the outbreak. The virus was first identified after a patient contracted it at the Huanan Seafood Market...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "significant evidence" remained that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory, casting doubt Tuesday on the World Health Organization's assessment that it likely spread from animals to humans. Pompeo told "America's Newsroom" that the Trump administration had left the WHO because it was "corrupt" and said he hoped that China's influence over the organization hadn't affected its conclusions on the origins of the deadly virus. "I must say the reason we left the World Health Organization was because we came to believe that it was corrupt," Pompeo said. "It had been politicized. It was bending a knee to General Secretary Xi Jinping in China. I hope that's not the case here with what they've announced today." The WHO announced its initial findings during a news conference Tuesday but stipulated additional research and investigations were required. Pompeo said he hoped the WHO team was allowed to interview Wuhan doctors and technicians away from potential interference...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday reacted to the World Health Organization rejecting the notion that the coronavirus came from a lab in Wuhan, China. Pompeo said on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” that “not a thing” has changed his belief that the virus originated in Wuhan because “there was significant evidence.” “I must say the reason we left the World Health Organization was because we came to believe that it was corrupt. It had been politicized. It was bending a knee to General Secretary Xi Jinping in China,” Pompeo outlined. “I hope that’s not the case here with what they have announced today. I will look forward to seeing their reports and analysis. But I don’t believe it’s the case that they got access that they needed.” He continued, “I hope that they got to see all the data and science, into the lab, talk to the...
    On Tuesday, an investigative team from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed the findings from their four-week visit to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first discovered, as reported by the Associated Press. The group of international and Chinese scientists concluded that the virus most likely spread to humans from an animal, with the leader of the WHO mission, Peter Ben Embarek, describing an alternate theory of it originating in a lab as “unlikely.” “The findings suggest that the laboratory incidents hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population,” he said. He suggested that it was much more likely that the virus had spread from a bat to another animal before being found in humans, but further research would be required before that theory could be confirmed. He acknowledged that the early understanding of the virus had not been changed...
    The head of the World Health Organization team investigating the origins of COVID-19 suggested the WHO would not continue investigating the hypothesis that the coronavirus escaped from a Wuhan lab, deeming it an “extremely unlikely” possibility. China had long done its utmost to thwart investigations into the origins of the virus, which subsequently turned into the pandemic that has killed 2.32 million people around the world, and the Trump administration withdrew from the WHO in 2020, claiming that the United Nations agency was incompetent and influenced by China, although the Biden administration rejoined it. A WHO joint investigation with Chinese officials was conducted over the past couple of weeks. Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, the head of the visiting WHO team in Wuhan and a WHO program manager specializing in food safety and animal diseases, announced at a press conference on Monday that the WHO had considered four...
    Beijing — With just days left in their month-long visit to Wuhan, the World Health Organization's team of COVID-19 experts co-hosted their first press conference on Tuesday to share some key findings from the hunt for the coronavirus' origin. The biggest takeaway from the nearly three-hour event was that the scientists believe it's "extremely unlikely" a lab-related accident was the source of the pandemic, and all current evidence "continues to point to a natural reservoir." The next step, said WHO lead investigator and food safety expert Peter Ben Embarek, would be to "look at the possible pathways of introduction of the virus into the human population," and for any evidence that it might have made that jump into humans earlier than currently known. After weeks in Wuhan, the team was still unable to answer the overarching question of where COVID-19 came from. "From the early days of December...
    It is “extremely unlikely” the coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, and is more likely to have jumped to humans from an animal, World Health Organization (W.H.O.) investigators said Tuesday as they wrapped up their visit to the country’s central Hubei province. Peter Embarek, leader of the W.H.O. team, told a media conference instead of investigating laboratories in the country,  frozen meats sold at the wet market in Wuhan where the first cluster of cases was detected should instead be pursued as a line of inquiry. “Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely pathway and one that will require more studies and more specific, targeted research,” Embarek said, as reported by AP. “However, the findings suggest that the laboratory incidents hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population,” Embarek said. Peter Embarek, of...
    WUHAN, China — The coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped to humans from an animal, a World Health Organization team has concluded, an expert said Tuesday as the group wrapped up a visit to explore the origins of the virus. The Wuhan Institute of Virology in central China has collected extensive virus samples, leading to allegations that it may have caused the original outbreak by leaking the virus into the surrounding community. China has strongly rejected that possibility and has promoted other theories for the virus’s origins. The WHO team that visited Wuhan, where the first cases of COVID-19 were discovered in December 2019, is considering several theories for how the disease first ended up in humans, leading to a pandemic that has now killed more than 2.3 million people worldwide. “Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through...
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    The novel coronavirus is unlikely to have accidentally escaped from a government lab in Wuhan, China, experts with the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday following an investigation into the virus's origins.  “Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely pathway and one that will require more studies and more specific targeted research,”  said Peter Ben Embarek, an expert with the WHO food safety and animal diseases division, according to The Associated Press.  The Wuhan Institute of Virology became a target of unfounded theories that the virus had spread across the country after escaping from the facility. Chinese officials have denied those claims and promoted other unproven hypothesis for how the pandemic began.  A team from the WHO arrived in Wuhan on Jan. 14 to investigate the lab in a bid to learn about how the virus may have been created and spread.  “The findings suggest that...
    A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic downplayed the possibility that the virus leaked from a lab near Wuhan, China, during a press conference on Tuesday. Instead, coronavirus likely spead from an animal to humans, WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek said. "Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely pathway and one that will require more studies and more specific, targeted research," Embarek said. WHO REFUSES TO CONFIRM CORONAVIRUS ORIGINATED IN CHINA AS BIDEN STRENGTHENS TIES "However, the findings suggest that the laboratory incidents hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population," Embarek said. "Therefore it is not a hypothesis that we advise to suggest future studies ... into the understanding of the origin of the virus." Embarek made the assessment at the end of a visit...
    WUHAN, China -- The coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped to humans from an animal, a World Health Organization team has concluded, an expert said Tuesday as the group wrapped up a visit to explore the origins of the virus.The Wuhan Institute of Virology in central China has collected extensive virus samples, leading to allegations that it may have caused the original outbreak by leaking the virus into the surrounding community. China has strongly rejected that possibility and has promoted other theories for the virus's origins. The WHO team that visited Wuhan, where the first cases of COVID-19 were discovered in December 2019, is considering several theories for how the disease first ended up in humans, leading to a pandemic that has now killed more than 2.3 million people worldwide."Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary...
    COVID did not start at Wuhan wet market as the virus was found circulating elsewhere in the city, WHO's joint mission with China has revealed. Speaking at a press conference in Wuhan, the joint World Health Organisation and Chinese team said they believed the Huanan Seafood Market was not the original origin of Covid. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5NINTCHDBPICT000635262706-1Credit: Reuters 5Professor Liang Wennian dismissed the wet market origin theory of Covid WHO's ten-person team are on the ground in China as they attempt to piece together where Covid came from - with the virus going on to kill 2.2million worldwide. The expert team arrived in China on January 14 and they have now finished their research in Wuhan, the city where the virus was first confirmed to have emerged on December 31, 2019. The press conference started after a 20 minute delay...
    Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Monday that he was "glad to see Joe Biden singing a different tune" in regards to the U.S.  foreign policy stance on China, but criticized the president for not outlining the specifics of his strategy. During an appearance on "Fox & Friends", Cotton said that it "is not a show of strength" for Biden to simply "rebuke" President Trump's positions without giving indications of how his plans may divert from or be similar to those of the former president.  CHINA COOL TO BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ATTEMPT TO NEGOTIATE NUCLEAR DEAL Cotton also accused China of bending international laws and organizations to support their own interests and called on Biden to investigate the Wuhan labs within China and continue to support our allies in the region. The Washington Post's Editorial Board called Friday for answers from China on the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, leading many critics to point out how the...
    A WORLD Health Organsation chief has refused to rule out claims Covid escaped from a Wuhan lab - as officials visit the Chinese city to trace the origins of the virus. Dr David Nabarro, special envoy for the WHO's Covid response, admitted "all options are on the table" as part of the probe. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3WHO officials have refused to rule out claims Covid escaped from a Chinese labCredit: AP:Associated Press 3The UK's special envoy for the coronavirus response said 'all options are on the table'Credit: AP:Associated Press He told Sophy Ridge on Sky that Chinese authorities are giving "exemplary cooperation" into the investigation. However, he refused to rule out any theories about how the deadly bug broke out and began to spread. The expert said: "All the sites that WHO people wanted to visit are being visited. "There is...
    World Health Organisation investigators have admitted their research mission in Wuhan will not reach its goal of revealing how coronavirus jumped from animals to humans. The 13-strong team of international experts began their probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic a week ago - but it was revealed today they are already dismissing some theories that the virus was leaked by a Chinese laboratory. Lead WHO investigator Peter Ben Embarek said their investigation, which is due to conclude within the next week, would not lead to a 'full understanding' of the origins of coronavirus.  He said: 'We're not going to come up with the ultimate full understanding of the origins of the virus, but it will be a good first step.'   But Embarek insisted he and his team had a 'very frank' discussion with Chinese scientists about the source of the pandemic. Lead WHO investigator Peter Ben Embarek...
    A Briton who was evacuated from Wuhan following the initial Covid outbreak - and shouted 'we're free' as he left UK quarantine - says he wishes he had stayed in the Chinese city. Matt Raw, from Cheshire, believes she should have 'never got on the flight' back to the UK from Wuhan - the city where the virus was first identified more than a year ago. Despite being the epicentre of the world pandemic, life in Wuhan has since returned to normal following an ultra-tight lockdown last year. Residents in the city have since been pictured flocking to nightclubs and festivals - while England continues its third national shutdown. Now Mr Raw, who along with his mother and Chinese wife were repatriated by the British Government in January last year, believes he made a mistake in returning to the UK. The 39-year-old also took a swipe at the Government over its...
    Madison Summers February 4, 2021 0 Comments A World Health Organization investigator is weighing in on the agency team’s findings after visiting a lab in Wuhan, China, amid a probe into the origins of COVID-19. There has been speculation from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former President Donald Trump that the COVID-19 virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Pompeo suggested in May of 2020, “I’ve seen evidence that this likely came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” Additionally, the Trump administration supported those claims without evidence. During a CNN interview, one of the WHO investigators, Peter Daszak, was pressed on if he believes it is possible the virus was engineered and leaked from the Wuhan lab. “There’s no evidence of that at all,” Daszak responded. He added that people at the lab brought it up, “conspiracies around lab leaks,” and they...
    Investigators with the World Health Organization have visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a facility at the center of speculation about how and where the coronavirus pandemic began. The WHO team's mission while in China, they said, was to gather facts and information about how the virus spread across China before spreading to the rest of the world.  A pool of journalists followed the team as they inspected the Institute, including a reporter from the Associated Press. “We’re looking forward to meeting with all the key people here and asking all the important questions that need to be asked," team member Peter Daszak said, the AP reported.  China has faced criticism for not being fully transparent about the origins of the coronavirus, which is widely believed to have started at a so-called wet market in Wuhan. And the World Health Organization has also faced accusations that it has not held China accountable for the pandemic. Last year,...
    A fact-finding team of World Health Organization scientists on Wednesday visited the Chinese lab that US officials have suggested could be the source of the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO’S team spent about 3-1/2 hours at the heavily-guarded Wuhan Institute of Virology in the city where the global pandemic was first detected in late 2019. While secretive about their work there, the team confirmed that they met Shi Zhengli, the lab’s deputy director dubbed “Bat Woman” for her work with bat viruses, and one of the first to isolate the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. “Extremely important meeting today with staff at WIV including Dr. Shi Zhengli. Frank, open discussion. Key questions asked & answered,” WHO team member Peter Daszak said on Twitter . “Very interesting. Many questions,” Thea Fischer, a Danish member of the team, called from her car as it sped away from the lab. The Wuhan lab’s long-standing work...
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    A BRITISH expert on the World Health Organisation team investigating the origins of the pandemic has admitted Covid could have leaked from a lab in Wuhan. Dr Peter Daszak made the admission as the team of scientists finally visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) amid speculation about its involvement during the early days of the pandemic. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 9Dr Peter Daszak made the admission on Sky News 9Dr Daszak and the rest of the team arrive at the WIVCredit: Reuters 9Security stands guard outside the lab in WuhanCredit: Reuters It is reported the WHO team spent three hours at the WIV, which has faced international questions about whether the virus could have escaped from its high security labs. Dr Daszak, head of the EcoHealth Alliance, and the other scientists are understood to have met with Dr Shi...
    WUHAN, China (AP) — World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus, with one member saying they’d intended to meet key staff and press them on critical issues. The WHO team’s visit to the Wuhan Institute of Virology was a highlight of their mission to gather data and search for clues as to where the virus originated and how it spread. “We’re looking forward to meeting with all the key people here and asking all the important questions that need to be asked,” zoologist and team member Peter Daszak said, according to footage run by Japanese broadcaster TBS. Reporters followed the team to the high security facility, but as with past visits, there was little direct access to team members, who have given scant details of their discussions and...
    WUHAN, China— World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus, with one member saying they’d intended to meet key staff and press them on critical issues. The WHO team’s visit to the Wuhan Institute of Virology was a highlight of their mission to gather data and search for clues as to where the virus originated and how it spread. "We’re looking forward to meeting with all the key people here and asking all the important questions that need to be asked," zoologist and team member Peter Daszak said, according to footage run by Japanese broadcaster TBS. Peter Daszak of the World Health Organization team, center, chats after arriving at the Hubei Animal Disease Control and Prevention Center in Wuhan, China, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A team of World Health Organization investigators in Wuhan are visiting a laboratory Wednesday that has been the focus of conspiracies and speculation about the origin of the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO investigators began research in the central Chinese city last week, after a 14-day quarantine and bureaucratic delays. Their work has been subject to intense scrutiny and political pressure from both within China and outside the country. Few places they are visiting are as controversial as a laboratory run by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which officials in former US President Donald Trump's administration suggested, without providing evidence, could have been the origin of the coronavirus. The lab in question, which is affiliated with the central government-run Chinese Academy of Sciences, is the only one in mainland China equipped for the highest level of biocontainment, known as Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4).BSL-4 labs are designed to study the...
    By EMILY WANG FUJIYAMA, Associated Press WUHAN, China (AP) — World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus. The WHO team's visit to the Wuhan Institute of Virology is a highlight of their mission to gather data and search for clues as to where the virus originated and how it spread. One of China’s top virus research labs, the institute built an archive of genetic information about bat coronaviruses after the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. That has led to unproven allegations that it may have a link to the original outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan in late 2019. China has strongly denied that possibility and has promoted theories that the virus may have originated elsewhere or even been brought into the country from overseas with imports...
    WUHAN, China (AP) — World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus. The WHO team’s visit to the Wuhan Institute of Virology is a highlight of their mission to gather data and search for clues as to where the virus originated and how it spread. One of China’s top virus research labs, the institute built an archive of genetic information about bat coronaviruses after the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. That has led to unproven allegations that it may have a link to the original outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan in late 2019. China has strongly denied that possibility and has promoted theories that the virus may have originated elsewhere or even been brought into the country from overseas with imports of frozen seafood...
    Back in April, Bill Maher went on a hysterical rant against China over the novel coronavirus. The Real Time host insisted that COVID-19 be called “the Chinese virus” because it originated in China, citing the Spanish flu as precedent (which did not come from Spain, unbeknownst to Maher); railed against the “PC Police” for refusing to let him and others call it “the Chinese virus,” even though hate crimes against Asian-Americans had risen to 100 cases a day at the time; and compared China’s wet markets, where he said the virus originated, to nuclear bombs. Well, on tonight’s edition of his HBO show, Maher welcomed a pair of podcast hosts, the husband-and-wife duo of Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, to discuss the origins of COVID-19. Weinstein and Heying, for the uninitiated, are members of the so-called “intellectual dark web” who in 2017 both resigned from their posts as biology professors...
              Stephen K. Bannon spoke with Bill Gertz of The Washington Times on the War Room: Pandemic radio show discussing why it was clear that the coronavirus came from a lab in Wuhan China and how mainstream news outlets attempted to shut him down. Bannon: This guy is a patriot and a hero. Not just brilliant. He’s got a fantastic book out on China: Deceiving the Sky. He and General Spalding’s book are the two books I recommend if you want to understand China and the Chinese Communist Party. Bill Gertz. An American hero and American Patriot. The reason I want to have you on today, Bill, and we didn’t have time to pull your quote. Hopefully, we can do it for the show tomorrow. One year ago today, brother Gertz, you came on this show in its first couple of days. I think...
    More from: Miranda Devine Dr. Fauci needs to be held responsible for COVID-19 mistakes: Devine Biden put on a show of unity — will he stick to it?: Devine Why Democrats demonize good GOPers, too: Devine The lefts bare-faced hypocrisy: Devine Dont dismiss issues behind the invasion: Devine Finally, the World Health Organization has sent investigators to Wuhan, China, ground zero for COVID-19, to begin the belated search for the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.  Today they will emerge from 14 days of quarantine. They should go straight to the Wuhan Institute of ­Virology, where high-risk research, funded by US taxpayers, was being conducted into animal-to-human transmission of bat coronaviruses, a few miles from where the first COVID-19 cases were discovered. Reputable virologists around the world point to the Wuhan lab as the most likely source of the pandemic, probably due to an accidental leak, because of its research...
    A rescue team disinfects a theater in Wuhan, China. Xia Junjun/VCG via Getty Images Chinese state media is spreading a conspiracy theory that a US Army base created the novel coronavirus. It's also pushing the idea that Pfizer's vaccine is unsafe for the elderly, a claim disproven by researchers. The misinformation push comes as a team of WHO scientists arrive in Wuhan to study the virus origins. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Chinese state media is playing up a baseless conspiracy theory that the novel coronavirus was created in a US lab, and is also claiming that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may actually be killing the elderly. A report from the Associated Press found that state-sponsored media groups have been waging a two-pronged disinformation campaign to deflect responsibility for the coronavirus onto the West and discrediting Western-produced vaccines in favor of Chinese-manufactured ones.  Last week, the...
            by Catherine Smith  A Chinese state broadcaster revived a conspiracy theory that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a US military lab, and told its millions of viewers  there is “something fishy” happening at Fort Detrick in Maryland. A female anchor on China’s Central Television Station ​Thursday asked viewers: ​​”Exactly what fishy businesses were going on?​,” the Daily Mail reported. Her comments came three days after Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry, urged the U.S to “open the biological lab at Fort Detrick” and “invite WHO experts to conduct origin-tracing in the United States.” “​I’d like to stress that if the United States truly respects facts, it should open the biological lab at Fort Detrick, give more transparency to issues like its 200-plus overseas bio-labs, invite WHO​ ​experts to conduct origin-tracing in the United States, and respond to the concerns from the international community with real actions,”...
    WUHAN, China (AP) — The Chinese city of Wuhan is looking back on a year since it was placed under a 76-day lockdown beginning Jan. 23, 2020. It was the most extreme step taken up to that point against the coronavirus. China presents the lockdown as a huge sacrifice that bought the rest of the world time to prepare for the pandemic. Critics say earlier, more decisive measures would have prevented more people from leaving the city and spreading the virus around China and globally. Some events before and during that crucial period: — Mid-December 2019: Patients begin showing up in Wuhan hospitals complaining of flu-like symptoms including high fever, cough and breathing difficulties. — Dec. 27: A Chinese lab assembles a near-complete sequence of the virus, showing it to be similar to the coronavirus that caused the 2002-03 SARS outbreak. The lab alerts health authorities, but the information is...
    WUHAN, China (AP) — The Chinese city of Wuhan is looking back on a year since it was placed under a 76-day lockdown beginning Jan. 23, 2020. It was the most extreme step taken up to that point against the coronavirus. China presents the lockdown as a huge sacrifice that bought the rest of the world time to prepare for the pandemic. Critics say earlier, more decisive measures would have prevented more people from leaving the city and spreading the virus around China and globally. Some events before and during that crucial period: — Mid-December 2019: Patients begin showing up in Wuhan hospitals complaining of flu-like symptoms including high fever, cough and breathing difficulties. — Dec. 27: A Chinese lab assembles a near-complete sequence of the virus, showing it to be similar to the coronavirus that caused the 2002-03 SARS outbreak. The lab alerts health authorities, but the...
    Dr. Peter Daszak described how easy it was to manipulate bat-based coronaviruses in an interview filmed just weeks before the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. Daszak has close ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and reportedly pushed back against a National Institute of Health request that he arrange an outside inspection of the lab. Daszak orchestrated a statement at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that condemned “conspiracy theories” that the virus did not have a natural origin. Daszak now serves on a World Health Organization panel currently investigating the origins of the pandemic on the ground in China. A U.S. doctor who is part of the World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic discussed his work manipulating bat-based coronaviruses in labs just weeks before the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. Dr. Peter Daszak, a close associate with China’s premier bat-based coronavirus researcher and a...
    ​A Chinese state broadcaster ​continued to float a conspiracy theory that the deadly coronavirus pandemic originated in a US military lab, claiming there is “something fishy” happening at Fort Detrick in Maryland and rejecting that COVID began in a lab in Wuhan. A female anchor on China’s Central Television Station ​Thursday asked viewers: ​​”Exactly what fishy businesses were going on?​,” the Daily Mail reported. ​​Her query came after Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry, called for the US to open up Fort Detrick to be inspected by officials from the World Health Organization. “​I’d like to stress that if the United States truly respects facts, it should open the biological lab at Fort Detrick, give more transparency to issues like its 200-plus overseas bio-labs, invite WHO​ ​experts to conduct origin-tracing in the United States, and respond to the concerns from the international community with real actions,” ​Hua said during...
    More On: china Experts say it’ll take 15 more days to reach trapped mine workers in China Twitter locks Chinese embassy’s account over tweet World leaders express hope for new Biden administration Tesla Model 3 car reportedly explodes in China ​A Chinese state broadcaster ​continued to float a conspiracy theory that the deadly coronavirus pandemic originated in a US military lab, claiming there is “something fishy” happening at Fort Detrick in Maryland and rejecting that COVID began in a lab in Wuhan. A female anchor on China’s Central Television Station ​Thursday asked viewers: ​​”Exactly what fishy businesses were going on?​,” the Daily Mail reported. ​​Her query came after Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry, called for the US to open up Fort Detrick to be inspected by officials from the World Health Organization. “​I’d like to stress that if the United States truly respects facts, it should open...
    Chinese authorities have given a fresh push to a conspiracy theory that links the origins of the novel coronavirus to a US army laboratory. The country's state broadcaster told its millions of viewers today that 'something fishy' was going on at the Fort Detrick lab, reviving rumour that the contagion could have come from there. The official report came three days after Beijing urged Washington to 'open the biological lab at Fort Detrick' and 'invite WHO experts to conduct origin-tracing in the United States' in an apparent attempt to point the source of the virus to America. China's state broadcaster CCTV suggested that 'something fishy' was going on at the Fort Detrick lab in the United States during a news programme on Thursday (screenshot above) China's Central Television Station claimed that the lab was branded as 'the darkest experiment centre of the US government' by American political news sites...
    CHINA has desperately tried to deflect blame for the coronavirus crisis by reigniting claims that the killer bug originated from a US Army lab. A Chinese government spokeswoman reportedly accused the US of spreading "conspiracy theories and lies" as part of the "last-day madness of Mr Liar" - an apparent reference to Donald Trump. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 11Hua Chunying hit back at claims the virus originated from a Wuhan labCredit: REUTERS 11China has reignited claims the virus originated from Fort DetrickCredit: AFP - Getty 11Fort Detrick is a US Army Medical Command facility in MarylandCredit: Getty Images - Getty Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying was hitting back at Mike Pompeo's claims that the US has explosive new evidence which proves Covid-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. According to the Guardian, Hua said: "I’d like to stress that if...
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