The White House has also acknowledged this, and last year it ordered an investigation into the origins of the virus. US President Joe Biden said in a statement: “Critical information about the origins of this pandemic exists in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), yet from the beginning, government officials in China have worked to prevent international investigators and members of the global public health community from accessing it.
“To this day, the PRC continues to reject calls for transparency and withhold information, even as the toll of this pandemic continues to rise. We needed this information rapidly, from the PRC, while the pandemic was still new. Since taking office, my administration has renewed U.S. leadership in the World Health Organization and rallied allies and partners to renew focus on this critical question.”
Adding weight to the lab leak theory, the WIV also suspiciously deleted a database of viruses not long before the pandemic broke out. However, Mr Ridley and Dr Chan both accept that a zoonotic spillover is a plausible explanation as to how the virus may have started.
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Article source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1714807/covid-lab-leak-dr-alina-chan-wuhan-institue-for-virology-china