The United States should invite WHO to their country to study virus origins and explain their more than 200 bio labs around the world, including the Fort Detrick lab, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin, after America’s infectious disease lead Dr. Anthony Fauci called on China to release the medical records of nine people whose ailments may provide clues if the virus was a lab leak or not
“Wuhan Institute of Virology has clarified that they had not contacted the novel coronavirus prior to December 30, 2019. US should invite WHO experts to the US to study virus origins and explain their more than 200 bio labs all over the world including the Fort Detrick lab,” Wenbin said.
Fauci asks China to release medical records over lab leak debate
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading infectious disease expert in the United States, has urged China to release the medical records of nine people whose illnesses could provide crucial clues into whether COVID-19 first emerged as a result of a lab leak, according to the Financial Times report published on Thursday.
“I would like to see the medical records of the three people who are reported to have got sick in 2019. Did they really get sick, and if so, what did they get sick with?” Fauci asked Chinese.
The virus’s origins are being investigated by US intelligence agencies, who are still looking into reports that researchers at a Chinese virology laboratory in Wuhan became seriously ill in 2019, a month before the first COVID-19 cases were reported.
However, Chinese scientists and officials have consistently rejected the lab leak hypothesis, claiming that the virus could have been circulating in other areas before it reached Wuhan and could have even entered China via imported frozen food shipments or wildlife trading.
China calls it conspiracy theory
A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, Wang Wenbin referred to a March 23 statement from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which stated that no staff or graduates had been confirmed to have contracted the virus, during a regular briefing on Friday.
Wang stated that reports of a lab leak are a “conspiracy theory.”
According to the Financial Times, Fauci believes the virus was first transmitted to humans through animals, and that even if the lab researchers did have COVID-19, they could have contracted the disease from the general population.