According to the chief of mission of the World Health Organization (WHO) investigating the origin of Covid-19, the first patient may have been infected in a heavily guarded laboratory in Wuhan, China. In an interview with the Danish TV2 station, scientist Peter Benmbarek said, however, that the entity’s researchers have not found direct evidence of this.
Embark argued that the hypothesis arose primarily because research on contaminated bats was conducted on the spot.
“If I still think we should investigate the hypothesis of a lab leak, it’s for a few different reasons. One of them is the way the Chinese government is behaving. They’ve tried to suppress all research in the area. We don’t know if that’s because they just want to try to control the story.” , or because they have something to hide,” he told Grid.
According to Mubarak, in December 2019, as many as a thousand people were already infected in the Chinese province – a number higher than the number reported by the country, which indicated only 174 severe cases of the disease. The WHO team also found 13 different species circulating in Wuhan during this period, indicating that the virus had been evolving for some time, the scientist says.
The scientist also cites the transfer of the laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in December 2019 to an address 100 meters from the Wuhan market, where the first case of the disease was recorded.
Embark argued: “It’s interesting that the lab changed on December 2, 2019. That’s the period when it all started, and you know that when you change the lab, it screws up everything.”
According to information from the Daily Mail, during the visit to the institution, the WHO team was not authorized to analyze the documents or books in place. “We made an offer and then we talked and asked the questions we wanted to ask, but we weren’t able to examine any documents,” he said.
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