Corona Virus Will Win If China Rejects Further Research on the Origin of Covid-19 – Leading infectious disease experts from the United States (US) have warned that China’s rejection of the WHO’s plans for further investigations into the origins of Covid-19 in the country could threaten the availability of critical world data needed to identify future pandemics.

Experts told Politico that the denial of access to Wuhan, the origin of the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, raised suspicions that the Chinese government was trying to cover up the possibility that the virus was deliberately designed.

“We’ve already had two coronavirus pandemics coming out of China and we’ll most likely have another coronavirus pandemic coming out of China, so (the China-based investigation) is our best chance to find out how this happened from bats and (contagious) to humans,” explains Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

“We can’t do this without going to China. There’s nothing you can do from 5,000 miles away,” he continued, quoted by the South China Morning Post, Monday (26/7).

The Chinese government is outraged by international attention to China as a possible origin of Covid-19 and insists “the virus has multiple origins and appears in various places.”

WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, outlined the latest plans to investigate the second origin of the corona virus in China. This proposed investigation, which is a continuation of the January 2021 investigation, includes a proposal for an “audit of relevant laboratories and research institutes operating in the area where the initial human (Covid-19) case was identified in December 2019,” referring to the controversial Wuhan Institute of Virology. .

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China’s National Health Commission (NHC) deputy minister, Zeng Yixin, rejected the plan, calling it “a disregard for common sense and against science.”

According to Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, China’s response cannot be justified.

“I think what (WHO) is asking is very reasonable,” Osterholm said.

According to him, China’s refusal could trigger conspiracy speculation about how the virus emerged in China.

“That makes people suspect this is a man-made virus that was deliberately released,” he continued.

China’s rejection of the new investigation has also sparked criticism on Capitol Hill or the US House of Representatives. Congressman Ami Bera, who is also chair of the Asia, Pacific, Central Asia and Nonproliferation Subcommittee, told Politico in a statement China’s move was “unacceptable”. Bera requested a “comprehensive, transparent and independent analysis of the origins of Covid-19.”

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According to Hotez, the WHO is responsible for China’s refusal because the UN agency only focuses on the Wuhan laboratory regarding the emergence of the virus.

“We demand things that the Chinese government will never approve of, (like) banging on the door of the Wuhan Institute of Virology to show them a notebook that they will never approve,” Hotez said.

UN officials also blamed the tone of the WHO’s communications with China regarding this follow-up investigation. UN Development Program administrator and chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, Achim Steiner acknowledged Tedros had to take a “very difficult path” dealing with China at “very uncertain times” because of his troubled relations with several countries, including the US and the European Union.

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However, he said, China’s interpretation of the investigation as an arbitrary foreign dictatorship did not help.

“Being head of a UN agency, when I talk to China, when I talk to the US, I don’t speak by kicking the door and telling them ‘this is what you have to do,’” Steiner told Politico.

A Geneva-based diplomat who takes part in the WHO’s weekly meeting with member countries gave an unfavorable assessment of Tedros’ heated talks with China.

He called Tedros’ announcement of the investigation “the surprise of the year” and said it partly reflected his career ambitions.

“Perhaps Tedros has just done his calculations and realized China would not be able to prevent him from being re-elected (as it demands a major investigation into the origins of the virus),” said the diplomat, who asked not to be named.


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