Inquiries had been made to the US diplomatic mission in Geneva, but no reports had been received so far, said WHO expert Maria von Kerkhove on Friday. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for transparency in data transfer from China.
Laboratory leak in Wuhan?
FBI chief Christopher Wray told Fox News on Tuesday: “The FBI has been assuming for some time that the origin of the pandemic is most likely a possible laboratory incident in Wuhan.” It is “about a possible leak in a laboratory controlled by the Chinese government”.
According to a report by the “Wall Street Journal”, the US Department of Energy is now assuming a possible laboratory failure, albeit with a “low” degree of certainty. The relationship between the United States and China is currently heavily strained for various reasons.
Other US agencies, like many scientists, still believe the virus was likely transmitted naturally. According to this, the first infections occurred when people in a market in Wuhan, China, contracted animals sold there.
Request to China
Scientists have been looking for the origin of the pandemic for three years. A WHO delegation was in China in early 2021, and Beijing had refused further trips by international experts. The WHO has recommended several investigations in China and elsewhere, but so far these have not been delivered. China categorically denies that the virus could have escaped from a laboratory. In Wuhan, where corona diseases first appeared at the end of 2019, research is being carried out on corona viruses in a laboratory.
The origin must be found in order to prevent future pandemics as far as possible, emphasized WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The WHO continues to urge China to transparently share data, conduct the necessary investigations and publish the results,” he said on Friday. “To this end, I have written to and spoken to senior Chinese politicians on several occasions, most recently a few weeks ago. Until then, all hypotheses about the origin of the virus remain on the table.”