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Foreign AffairsAfter the speech of a prominent Chinese scientist.. "Corona accusations" belong to the Wuhan laboratory

After the speech of a prominent Chinese scientist.. “Corona accusations” belong to the Wuhan laboratory

“You can always doubt anything. It’s science, so don’t rule anything out,” former director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control, Professor George Gao, told the BBC.

Attention turns again to the “Wuhan Institute” Wuhan, the city where the virus was first discovered, is home to one of China’s largest national laboratories known to have spent years studying coronaviruses, the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The Chinese government rejects any suggestion that the virus may have originated from a lab in Wuhan. The theory that the virus leaked from the lab resurfaced last February, when the director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said: “That’s where (the virus) probably originated.” Many scientists say the evidence points to a natural origin, a virus that jumped from animals to humans, as the most likely scenario. In a report seen by the Wall Street Journal, four other US agencies agreed with the FBI, saying “a lab leak likely occurred.”

What did the veteran Chinese scientist say?

George Gao addressed this theory in his speech and said: “An official investigation was conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and this lab was reviewed twice by experts in this field.” “I think their conclusion is that they are following all protocols. They found (no) fault.” “But you can always doubt anything. It’s science, so don’t rule anything out.”

How did China react to reports of a ‘lab leak’?

The Chinese Embassy in Britain told the BBC: “The so-called lab leak is a lie made by anti-China forces, and it is politically motivated and has no scientific basis.”

Earlier this year, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said, “The involvement of the US intelligence community was proof enough of the politicization of traceability.

“By reiterating the lab leak theory, the United States will not succeed in discrediting China, but it will only damage its credibility,” the spokeswoman added.

China’s Foreign Ministry urged the United States to “respect science and facts, stop turning asset tracking into something political and intelligence-related, and stop disrupting social solidarity and cooperation between the parties”.

When did “Covid 19” start to spread? In December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown cause detected in Wuhan were reported to the World Health Organization. In January 2020, it was announced that a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) had been identified from patient samples. A month later, the virus was officially named “SARS-CoV-2”, and the disease it caused was named “Covid-19”.

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