THE World Health Organization should probe a US bioweapons lab for allegedly “leaking Covid”, a leading Chinese scientist has claimed.
Zeng Guang said the United States should be the focus for trying to find the source of the Covid pandemicCredit: Weforum.org
Researchers 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 about the new coronavirus this time, it should have the courage to be open and transparent.”
He has claimed that the bug did not start in Wuhan as part of China’s campaign to question where the pandemic began.
Guang said: “The United States should bear the responsibility of proving itself to the world rather than… hiding itself and dumping others as the source of the virus.
“From the time point of view, there is also the possibility of new coronary pneumonia cases in the United States earlier than Wuhan.”
Guang claimed that the US using “chemical and germ warfare” in past conflicts in Asia meant his views were “not groundless”.
Earlier this month, the WHO was accused of a “whitewash” as it found Covid likely didn’t originate at a Wuhan wet market or come from a lab leak.
Both suggestions that the virus could have originally crossed to humans at the Huanan Seafood Market, or escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) were thrown out in a lengthy joint press conference.
The WHO’s findings appeared to largely back Communist Party protestations that the virus may have originated from outside of its borders and its repeated denials of a lab accident.
It is a move which will only fuel allegations of “China-centric” bias by WHO which have been fiercely lobbied by the US.
And despite offering further explanations, the WHO team admitted they have failed to identify the original source of the Covid outbreak.
However, despite the WHO’s findings, one of their scientists admitted the Covid lab leak theory has not been ruled out.
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.
Prof Watson told The Andrew Marr Show that additional investigations were needed to look at a potential leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology “in more detail”.
Last month, China desperately tried to deflect blame for the coronavirus crisis by reigniting claims that the killer bug originated in 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.
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 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.”