Covid-19: China pressured WHO team to dismiss lab leak theory, claims chief investigator | The BMJ


A World Health Organisation mission to study the covid pandemic’s origins in China, which announced in February that the possibility that the virus had escaped from a laboratory needed no further investigation,1 was put under pressure by Chinese scientists who made up half the team to reach that conclusion, the scientist who led the mission has said.Peter Ben Embarek, who led the scientists dispatched by WHO to Wuhan, told a Danish television documentary, broadcast on 12 August, that the Chinese scientists refused to even discuss the lab leak scenario2 unless the final report dismissed any need for further investigation.Having haggled about it until 48 hours before they left China, Ben Embarek said, his Chinese counterpart eventually agreed to discuss the lab leak theory in the report “on the condition we didn’t recommend any specific studies to further that hypothesis.”Discussing the team’s findings before leaving China, Ben Embarek told reporters that a lab leak was “extremely unlikely.” Asked by Denmark’s TV2 if that wording was …

Source: Covid-19: China pressured WHO team to dismiss lab leak theory, claims chief investigator | The BMJ

One thought on “Covid-19: China pressured WHO team to dismiss lab leak theory, claims chief investigator | The BMJ

  1. The comments in this article are indeed very worrying, as it appears both |China and the US have tried to influence the content of the WHO report. Where reports are not allowed to be conducted without influences then this reduces the credibility of the reports.

    How COVID-19 came about is a total World concern and neither China or the US should be allowed to influence this and in fact any reports, for if there is any influence it goes some way to invalidate such reports.

    This is a health issue and no amount of political influence or how a country would be viewed should have any bearing. The truth needs to be known, for if not what will be the outcome of the next.

    No matter what we feel COVID-19 is going to be with us for years or even for ever and this should never be allowed to occur again.

    Lives should be the priority and nothing else.

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