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Covid lab origin theory gains traction in United States

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According to CNN, previously overlooked Chinese data on extensive screening of animals for coronavirus around the time the pandemic erupted is among several areas identified for further study by World Health Organization scientists investigating the origins of the virus, as per a source.

"The problem for many is when it happens too often".

In his address, Becerra did not mention China directly, but his remarks came days after a Wall Street Journal report in which United States intelligence officials are quoted saying three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city of Wuhan sought hospital care in November 2019, several weeks before China acknowledged the first case of the new highly infectious disease in the community.

Addressing reporters on Monday evening, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian hit out at the claims, insisting they are "totally untrue".

"There has been a persistent, albeit relatively quiet, focus on whether that was the origin of the virus, and it is compounded by the fact there have not been clear answers from Chinese officials about it, and investigators trying to find out the origin have been stymied", Haberman added. The WHO report's annex contains multiple data points providing an intriguing insight into China's evolving knowledge of the virus and the likely timing of its emergence.

Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a strong warning while addressing the UN's health agency's annual assembly of health ministers from its 194 member states.

"We need to reach the root of this and we need a completely transparent process from China".

"Until we have enough data, we need to make serious hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers", a group of researchers from top U.S. universities published in Science in mid-May. I am writing in the letter I did.

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The virus kills more than 3.4 million people worldwide, and it is believed that it is important to determine how the virus infects humans to prevent the next pandemic.

The theory that the killer virus leaked from a Chinese lab was originally fuelled by, among others, the administration of former USA president Donald Trump.

The COVID-19 pandemic, according to the World Health Organization chief, is plagued by a "scandalous inequity" in vaccine distribution, as he said more than 75 percent of all COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in just 10 countries. "Look, I do think it's important to remember that part of the issue back when this was first being reported on and discussed back ... when the pandemic had begun, then-President Trump and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, both suggested they had seen evidence this was formed in a lab, and they also suggested it was not released on objective, but they refused to release the evidence showing what it was". "Now they all say", He was right". Thank you very much!

However, many experts remain cautious.

On Tuesday, she told reporters, "We need access to the information that the Chinese government has in order to make a determination through the global bodies that would do this investigation".

The truth may never be known, said Gottlieb.

Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo had previously stated the US had significant evidence to indicate the virus had leaked from the lab. No part may be reproduced without written permission, except for fair transactions for personal investigation or research purposes.