China urges WHO to check U.S. laboratories for origins of coronavirus

Chen Xu, China’s permanent representative to the UN headquarters in Geneva, has sent a request to the World Health Organization (WHO) to inspect U.S. biolaboratories to look for the origins of the pandemic coronavirus. The Global Times reported this on Wednesday, August 25.

“If someone insists that the question of laboratory leakage remains open, labs such as those at Fort Detrick and North Carolina State University should be subjected to an open investigation,” Chen Xu said.

The hypothesis of a virus leak from the Wuhan Institute is unlikely, he said. But if anyone thinks the virus was created artificially, U.S. laboratories should be checked as well, the diplomat concluded.

On Aug. 24, U.S. intelligence agencies submitted to U.S. President Joe Biden a report on the origin of the coronavirus, which lacked clear conclusions on the problem posed. The original objective of the study was to decide whether the coronavirus was transmitted from animal to human or whether its spread was the result of a leak from the Wuhan laboratory.

Earlier in the U.S. promoted the version that the coronavirus appeared artificially. On May 20 the House Intelligence Committee reported “indirect evidence” of information that a new type of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 had escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Previously, in late March, the World Health Organization published a report following a COVID-19 study visit to China in January. It was noted that experts could not come to a definite conclusion. According to the final document, transmission between animals and then to humans is considered most likely, with the least likely occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 in laboratory conditions. At that time, the researchers did not recommend studying the hypothesis of SARS-CoV-2 leakage from the laboratory.