The WHO has reversed course on its own findings that said it is ‘extremely unlikely’ COVID-19 originated from a lab. China Vice foreign minister Ma Zhaoxu reversed course later on Friday and pledged to participate in COVID-19 origin tracing.Ma continued the narrative that dismissing the conclusions of the first report would be disrespectful to global scientists.He also accused the U.S. of using coercion to pressure the WHO.
The removal of the sequencing data is described in a new paper posted online Tuesday by Jesse Bloom, a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The paper, which hasn’t been peer reviewed, says the missing data include sequences from virus samples collected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in January and February of 2020 from patients hospitalized with or suspected of having COVID-19.
Some Republicans have criticized White House for ‘vague threats and cheap talk’ . The White House said the United States and allies will “work together” to “exercise the necessary pressure on China” amid the global investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, urging Beijing to be a “participant” and provide “transparent data and access” in the probe. The comments come after White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said China would face “isolation in the international community” if they do not cooperate with further probes into the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.
GOP Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) said China’s effort to hide the origins of COVID-19 violates a 2005 international treaty, which allows the U.S. to impose sanctions and seize Chinese assets to compensate victims of the pandemic. One America’s John Hines spoke to the Missouri lawmaker and has more from Capitol Hill.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on June 13 that Beijing must work with further investigations into the origins of the CCP virus. He added that China’s failure to cooperate was one reason that the World Health Organization’s initial report didn’t go well.
An advisory board member to the World Health Organization told Fox News, Monday, that China’s “massive cover-up” on COVID-19 is still happening today as the Wuhan lab-leak origin theory gains credibility.