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World Health Organization director believes Covid outbreak started due to Chinese lab leak

According to a senior government source, the The director of the World Health Organization believes that the Covid epidemic began following a leak from a Chinese laboratory.

While World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently revealed to a top European lawmaker that the most plausible explanation for Covid’s origins was a horrific accident at a facility in Wuhan, where infections first spread in late 2019.

In April 2020, The Mail on Sunday first reported on Western intelligence agencies’ fears over the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where scientists were handling coronaviruses taken from bats in caves over 1 600 kilometers – the same caves where Covid-19 is likely to have originated. The death toll from the Covid epidemic is currently estimated at more than 18 million people worldwide.

The WHO was initially criticized for its deferential approach to China in the face of the pandemic, as well as its willingness to accept Beijing’s protests that the lab leak claims were just a ” conspiracy theory”.

However, in the absence of any convincing evidence of ‘zoonotic’ spread – the process by which a virus jumps from animals to humans – he is now taking a more neutral public stance.

Dr Tedros updated member states on the pandemic this month, admitting: ‘We don’t yet have answers as to where it came from or how it entered the human population.

“Understanding the origins of the virus is scientifically very important to prevent future epidemics and pandemics.

“But morally, we also owe it to all those who suffered and died and their families. The longer it takes, the more difficult it becomes. We need to step up and act with a sense of urgency.

“All hypotheses must remain on the table until we have evidence that allows us to rule out certain hypotheses. This makes it all the more urgent that this scientific work be separated from politics. The way to prevent the politicization is for countries to share data and samples transparently and without interference from any government.The only way this scientific work can progress successfully is with the full cooperation of all countries, including China, where the first cases of SARS-CoV-2 have been reported.

The Mail on Sunday first revealed concerns about the region's Institute of Virology in 2020It has been suggested that Covid The WHO formed the Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of New Pathogens (Sago) last year to define the studies that would be needed to determine the origins of SARS-CoV-2, as Covid is scientifically known, and to “to create a global framework for studying the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens.

WHO’s initial investigation into the outbreak was hotly contested by China, leading to a study concluding that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was most likely transmitted to humans by a bat. mouse via another unidentified species.

Dr Tedros accepted the report’s shortcomings and ordered the new process after 14 countries, including the UK, US and Australia, criticized its findings as significantly flawed.

The government has been reluctant to blame Covid, which Chinese skeptics attribute to a desire not to offend Beijing.

US intelligence, on the other hand, has placed the Wuhan clandestine laboratory at the center of their investigation.

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