This story has been updated to include a statement from China expert Gordon Chang.
A World Health Organization (WHO) team has dropped an investigation into the Wuhan Institute of Virology, an alleged source of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WHO team held a press conference Tuesday to discuss their findings and explained coronavirus likely spread from an animal to humans outside of Wuhan.
WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, told reporters that it was “extremely unlikely” that the virus emerged as the result of a lab-related incident.
“Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely pathway and one that will require more studies and more specific, targeted research,” Embarek said.
“However, the findings suggest that the laboratory incidents hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population,” Embarek continued. “Therefore it is not a hypothesis that we advise to suggest future studies … into the understanding of the origin of the virus.”
China expert Gordon Chang said that it’s not surprising that the WHO team came to these conclusions, in a comment to this reporter.
“How can the World Health Organization mission make any determination of the source of COVID-19 after spending three-and-a-half hours at the Wuhan Institute of Virology?,” Chang asked.
“The team seems to be in a rush to make judgments—judgments that support China’s absurd theories—about source,” he continued. “We should not be surprised. Initially, the scientific community attacked the lab-leak theory, and some did so for purely political reasons.”
“It is hideous that the United States is rejoining the World Health Organization, which is determined to support Chinese theories, despite what the evidence indicates.”
Fox News host Steve Hilton revealed evidence earlier this month regarding the possible origin of the pandemic, leading to allegations that the Wuhan Institute of Virology may have caused the original outbreak by leaking the virus into the surrounding community.
China rejected the allegations brought forth and offered other theories for the virus’s origins.
The WHO team visited Wuhan on Jan. 14, and after two weeks of quarantine, visited key sites such as the Huanan seafood market, which was linked to an early cluster of infections, as well as the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which has been involved in coronavirus research.
A member of the WHO team told The Associated Press last week that they were granted full access to all sites and personnel they requested.
Peter Daszak, a zoologist that specializes in wildlife diseases, said the team investigated issues including what the first cases were, the link with animals and what role that imports of frozen food may have played — a theory that China has backed.
Hilton exposed evidence earlier this month that linked Daszak to a 2014 research project to assess the risk of new coronavirus emerging from wild animals, like bats.
One of the main goals of the research project was to see what viruses can affect both animals and humans.
Daszak then sub-contracted the project to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology then began to genetically engineer new viruses from the feces of bats and infected human cells with the virus.
“Peter Daszak, a leading American-based scientist who worked with the institute and who is a member of the WHO mission, last month admitted he was trying to protect Chinese colleagues when he organized a campaign in early 2020 to show that COVID-19 did not start in the lab. Deadly viruses have escaped from Chinese laboratories with distressing regularity. There was, for instance, a leak of the SARS virus in 2004 from a Chinese facility,” Chang said.
Chang said there is only one way to reveal the origin of the coronavirus.
“There is one way to get to the bottom of the issue of source. The U.S. can release intelligence it has.”
Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy
You may like
China Says It’s Ready for Monkeypox and the West Isn’t
As the Western press is becoming more and more concerned with monkeypox outbreaks, a recent bombshell report shows that Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China manipulated monkeypox to be more contagious in humans. This follows more evidence that the WIV had been experimenting with bat coronaviruses to increasingly infect humans.
But rather than agree to an honest investigation into the WIV and its role in spreading contagion around the world, China is once again trying to sell us an alternative reality. According to Chinese state-run media, it is China that is once again poised to be humanity’s savior and darling when it comes to fighting monkeypox, much like COVID-19. Not only that, but CCP press reporting shows evidence of China having an eerily well advanced infrastructure and gameplan to fight monkeypox. The West in contrast is not prepared, according to China.
Claim #1: China has the Wisdom to Fight Monkeypox
First, Chinese state-run media portray China as in a good position to combat monkeypox due to wisdom gleaned from combating COVID-19 and smallpox. One Global Times article noted that “[i]n the very early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, China has taken the measures of ‘early identification, reporting, isolation, diagnosis and treatment.’ Under such guidance, China has become one of the most successful countries in the COVID fight.” Another Global Times article cites a World Health Organization official as stating that “China’s COVID-19 control measures in place and largely reduced international arrivals minimize the risks of contagion in China.” A third Global Times article, citing “experts,” claims that “China’s successful experience in eliminating smallpox would also help the country act if monkeypox enters China’s borders…”
Claim #2: Chinese Healthcare Infrastructure Is Well Prepared to Deal with Monkeypox
China is well ahead of the game in dealing with monkeypox, according to Chinese state-run media. Chinese experts “suggest preparation of testing and treatment capacities in advance” to proactively combat monkeypox, according to Global Times. And “drug research should start early so that China can still control [monkeypox] should it assume pandemic proportions,” according to China Daily.
China is apparently quite far along in this “preparation” and “research.”
There are “several” Chinese manufacturers that have already made monkeypox nucleic acid test kits, and that these “can be quickly put into mass production and on the domestic market once approved by the government,” according to a second Global Times article. This article also states that Chinese manufacturer Liferiver Bio-Tech has a nucleic acid test that has already been ordered in China and abroad.
This same article also states that vaccine development faces “no technological problems” and a vaccine can be produced in China in a year if China’s drug administration administers “a rapid special review.” China’s CDC also has already stockpiled “millions” of doses of smallpox vaccine, produced “an emergency response technical plan on monkeypox, stocked monkeypox detection reagents, and conducted training on monkeypox nucleic acid PCR testing for provincial and municipal CDC professionals.”
Mirroring its earlier “mask diplomacy” for COVID-19, it looks like China is beginning to export its healthcare to the world to help combat monkeypox. China’s Sansure Biotech is ready to register its nucleic acid test kit for monkeypox abroad, according to Global Times. And Jiangsu Bioperfectus Technologies has already has its Monkeypox Virus Real Time PCR Kits in the international market, according to Global Times.
Claim #3: The West is Ill-Equipped to Handle Monkeypox
On the other hand, Chinese media portrays the West as ill-equipped to handle monkeypox. For example, according to one Global Times editorial, “[t]he COVID pandemic that killed more than 1 million people in the US has given a tragic lesson to the US and the West, but it still remains to be seen to what extent the US and the West learned from it.” The West’s “conspiracy theories” and “panic” contributed to the “Western countries’ poor response to COVID-19.” That CCP editorial also pontificates that “[i]t is hoped that Western countries hit by monkeypox can do a good job in responding to the outbreak. They should not misjudge the virus with outdated perceptions…”
Claim #4: Current Monkeypox spread originated from outside China
Chinese media avoids the possibility that this current monkeypox outbreak could have originated in China. One Global Times article claims that there have been no cases of monkeypox reported in China, and that China faces a threat from monkeypox due to the cases being “outside known epidemic areas of Africa.” The fact that many countries have now lifted bans against international travel is the culprit for increased risk of monkeypox transmission, according to anonymous source within the Chinese CDC as mentioned in that same article. Another Global Times article stated that China could quarantine inbound international travellers “if necessary.”
The CCP propaganda machine is at it again. Much like it tries to portray itself as a leader in fighting COVID-19, China is beginning to run a similar propaganda campaign for monkeypox. China is using COVID-19, and increasingly now monkeypox, as vehicles to curry favor and deflect responsibility for spreading contagion around the world, and to grow markets for healthcare technology and supplies.
You may like
Politics2 days ago
Top CA Democratic Party Leader Resigns Amid Corruption Probe
Elections6 days ago
BREAKING: Clinton herself ‘agreed’ to leak Trump-Russia allegations to press
Politics6 days ago
NBC News finally reports: ‘Hunter Biden hard drives shows firm took in $11 million…spent it fast’
education3 days ago
Original National School Boards Association letter asked Biden to deploy National Guard and Military Police