Three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China sought medical help at a hospital in November 2019 after having Covid-19-like symptoms, months before Chinese authorities discovered the coronavirus outbreak, according to The Wall Street Journal, which quoted a report from the US intelligence service.
The paper noted that the report – which shows new details on the number of employees seeking medical help, the period when they became ill and their hospital visits – is likely to give more weight to calls for a further investigation. whether SARS-CoV-2 may have originated from a laboratory, reports abcnews.al
The article in the American newspaper was published the day before the meeting of the World Health Organization, about the origin of Covid-19. A spokesman for the US Security Council did not comment on the WSJ article, but added that the government of US President Joe Biden “has some serious questions about the first days of the covid pandemic.” 19, including its origin ”.
According to the data, Washington has worked with the WHO and other member states to investigate the Covid-19 pandemic “without interference” and “without politicization”.
The WSJ reported in its article that current officials and other well-known personalities expressed differing views on the validity of the data presented in the report, with one person speaking on condition of anonymity saying there was a need for “further investigation and confirmation”.
In March, other countries expressed concern about the WHO report on the origin of covid-19 and called for further research and access to all information on the early stages of the epidemic, reports abcnews.al
On Sunday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the WHO team that visited the country, as well as the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, concluded that it was impossible for the origin of the coronavirus to be from a laboratory.
“The United States continues to promote the theory that the coronavirus has come out of a laboratory,” the Chinese ministry said when asked about the WSJ article.
“Are they really worried about finding the source or bringing the attention elsewhere?”
The government of former US President Donald Trump has cast doubt that the coronavirus came from a Chinese laboratory, something Beijing has consistently denied.
According to a State Department document released before the end of Donald Trump’s term, “the US government has reason to believe that some researchers fell ill in the fall of 2019, before the first cases of the epidemic were identified, with symptoms similar to Covid-19 as well as seasonal flu, reports abcnews.al
At the same time, the leading American epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, has expressed doubts, calling for an open investigation into the origin of the virus during a recent interview with PolitFact, an issue that has called into question many independent committees of experts and the White House.
Asked by PolitiFact’s Katie Saunders about the origin of the virus, Fauci said: “I am not convinced of the exact origin of the virus, but I think we should continue to investigate what happened in China until we realize that what really happened. “
“Of course, people who have researched the origin of the coronavirus claim that the virus appeared in animals and then infected humans, but the cause may be something else and we need to find out,” Fauci said.
“I am in favor of a study that will reveal the origin of the virus”, concluded the American scientist./abcnews.al