Level of China’s involvement in report is so over-the-top, WHO’s official statement on the report indicated “all hypotheses remain on the table.”
“Experts” at the World Health Organization released their report on COVID-19’s origins. It looks like they blame animal farms in Asia.
In line with the Chinese Communist Party, concerns about the virus’s potential laboratory origin have been almost entirely dismissed.
Wildlife farms in southeast Asia were likely the original source of the coronavirus pandemic, not a Wuhan, China, market as originally thought, according to a World Health Organization report Tuesday on the origins of COVID-19.
The report indicates that the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was not the original source of the outbreak.
The WHO report also says that a leak from a Wuhan lab “was considered to be an extremely unlikely pathway.” Theories on the coronavirus origins had cited a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a possibility.
“There is no record of viruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2 in any laboratory before December 2019, or genomes that in combination could provide a SARS-CoV-2 genome,” the report states. “In view of the above, a laboratory origin of the pandemic was considered to be extremely unlikely.”
It is wise to recall that the initial claims that the original infections centered around the Wuhan Seafood Market. That information turned out to be untrue.
China claimed—for almost two months—that coronavirus had originated in a Wuhan seafood market. That is not the case. @TheLancet published a study demonstrating that of the original 40 cases, 14 of them had no contact with the seafood market, including Patient Zero. pic.twitter.com/PdgqgHjkGy
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 30, 2020
China has also tried to manipulate the media to report that the novel coronavirus came from India or Italy. That tactic failed.
Late last year, AP did an investigative report showing Communist China clamping down the research into the Wuhan coronavirus’s origins. Based on leaked official documents and interviews with Chinese and other scientists, the report revealed that Beijing is hiding and censoring findings related to the global pandemic source.
Another report published that month indicated that China had been destroying evidence related to the early outbreak in Wuhan, which may have been critical to determining the origin of the virus.
Dr. Richard Elbright is the current Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University and Laboratory Director at the Waksman Institute of American Society for Biochemistry Microbiology. He slammed the report in s recent interview with Independent Science News, calling the WHO Mission a “charade”:
A credible investigation would have had Terms of Reference that:
1) Acknowledged the possibility of laboratory origin,
2) Ensured access of investigators to records, samples, personnel, and facilities at the Wuhan laboratories that handle bat SARS-related coronaviruses,
3) Enabled collection of evidence, not mere meet-and-greet photo-ops,
4) Authorized an investigation of months, not mere days. And,
5) A credible investigation also would have had conflict-of-interest-free investigators, not persons who were subjects of the research and/or closely associated with subjects of the investigation.
Item #5 is significant to note. One of the WHO investigators has a troubling connection to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Dr. Peter Daszak, the only U.S. citizen on the WHO team investigating the origins of the virus, has deep ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and went so far as to organize a PR campaign in the early months of 2020 to portray the lab leak hypothesis as a “conspiracy.”
Daszak said in a recent “60 Minutes” interview that officials with China’s ministry of foreign affairs kept a close eye on the WHO team’s meetings with scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Daszak later said there was a “limit to what you can do and we went right up to that limit.”
Further, the Wuhan Institute of Virology deleted public databases that had information on at least 16,000 virus samples in September of 2019, just three months before the first cases of COVID-19 were reported. The WHO did not request to review the data as part of their investigation because Daszak personally vouched for it.
We previously reported that Daszak was an NGO contractor who funded a laboratory at a Chinese institute that potentially was the virus’s source. He was a collaborator and co-author of research projects at the laboratory.
Perhaps the level of China’s involvement in the report is so over-the-top, WHO’s official statement on the information indicated “all hypotheses remain on the table.”
“As far as WHO is concerned, all hypotheses remain on the table. This report is a very important beginning, but it is not the end. We have not yet found the source of the virus, and we must continue to follow the science and leave no stone unturned as we do,” said Dr Tedros. “Finding the origin of a virus takes time and we owe it to the world to find the source so we can collectively take steps to reduce the risk of this happening again. No single research trip can provide all the answers.”
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