Recently, the British intelligence sources have reported that it is quite feasible the pandemic started with a leak from a research lab in China.
The coronavirus pandemic has created a rift in the way the world works. From constant lockdowns to failing businesses, people around the world have had to deal with a lot.
Over the course of one year, there have been several attempts to find out what caused the outbreak. According to British intelligence sources, the virus most likely originated from a lab in Wuhan.
The possibility of a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is being investigated by agents, with US diplomats saying 'we are one wet market or bio lab away from the next spillover'.
Although the development is being denied by Beijing officials from British intelligence sources believe that it's 'feasible' that the pandemic started with a leak from a research lab in China.
MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, said,
“The silence coming from Wuhan is troubling. We need to open the crypt and see what happened to be able to protect ourselves in the future. That means starting an investigation, along with partners around the world and in the WHO.”
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said that the importance of the investigation is paramount. He explained,
“I think it's really important that the WHO is allowed to conduct its investigation unencumbered into the origins of this pandemic and we should leave no stone unturned to understand why.”
The controversial idea that it was leaked from a lab was propagated by Donald Trump early on in the pandemic, but was largely dismissed as a conspiracy theory. However, the idea began to circulate more in recent weeks, with US media reporting that some scientists who previously showed scepticism towards the theory of a leak, have said they are open-minded about the possibility.
On 11th May, Anthony Fauci, President Biden's chief medical adviser, told the US senate committee,
“That possibility certainly exists, and I am totally in favor of a full investigation of whether that could have happened.”
In addition to this, President Biden also said that he asked for a report about how the virus became so prevalent, wanting to determine 'whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident'.
At this point, it is important to note that the World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that it's 'very unlikely that the virus began in a lab.
Peter Ben Embarek, the head of the WHO, said that a visit to the lab in question - which is located a few kilometers away from the Wuhan wet market where the first cluster of cases was found - was safe. According to him, the lab theory was 'not in the hypotheses that we will suggest for future studies.
Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump is taking credit. In a recent email to the New York Post on Tuesday, he wrote,
“To me, it was obvious from the beginning but I was badly criticized, as usual. Now they are all saying: 'He was right'.”
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