Atlantic Council fellow: Likely Covid-19 came from Wuhan lab

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The U.S. should be playing a larger role in getting to the bottom of the theory that Covid-19 first leaked from a virology lab in Wuhan, China, Atlantic Council senior fellow Jamie Metzl told CNBC on Monday.

“Right now, the World Health Assembly is meeting, and the United States should be doing everything possible with our allies to demand a comprehensive investigation into Covid origins with full access to all the records, samples, and personnel in China and beyond,” Metzl, a former national security official in the Clinton administration, said on “The News with Shepard Smith.”

“If China wants to thumb its nose at the rest of the world, in spite of more than 3 million people dead, let them make that statement,” he said.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that determining the origins of Covid-19 is up to an international investigation led by the World Health Organization, and that the U.S. cannot lead a probe on its own.

Metzl organized last year a group of scientists and academics to call for a deeper investigation into Covid’s origins. He told host Shepard Smith that it’s “critically important” to find answers about the pandemic’s origins because if we don’t, it puts everyone “unnecessarily at risk.”

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

A previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report found that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology sought hospital care after falling ill “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness,” The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, quoting from the report.

The World Health Organization has repeatedly said the virus most likely jumped from bats to humans through another animal. It has described the theory that the virus leaked from a lab as “extremely unlikely,” but has not ruled it out. Metzl said he thinks the theory is a “likely hypothesis.”

“Why would you have a bat coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan and not in southern China, where the horseshoe bats are located? And what we know that they do have in Wuhan, is China’s only level 4 virology institute, with the world’s largest collection of bat coronaviruses, that was doing aggressive research designed to make those pathogens more dangerous,” Metzl said.

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  • The Chinese government should be billed for all the funeral costs across the world due to this

    VonViddy 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Idiots people see a guys/girls in 2016 eat bat "eww corona, thats how the covid come"

    Luddy Aria 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • And social media platforms censored people for voicing this concern. This should be a world wide scandal. Also the term 'conspiracy theory' is like a joke now. It doesn't mean sh*t anymore aside from 'We don't like what this person is saying, so we just say that person is a conspiracy theorist''

    Izh Chul 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Weren't these news people saying not to long ago that it's racist to say the virus came from china ?!? Fore them all and make sure they never work again. They've joined trump !!

    rod m 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Accidental??? Hmmm 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

    It's Me 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • There may be more than one virus release, some may be accidental while others serve political purpose.

    Emile Lepissier 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Wuhan lab is clearly a bioweapons lab. Making viruses more dangerous…that's the definition of a bioweapon.

    snow fall 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • What are the odds that this naturally happened to originate in a major city, Wuhan of all places? Face it, it came from the lab.

    Poverty Spec 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Anyone else knew this a year ago

    The Illuminati 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Vindication for those that like to eat BATS!

    AAF 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • When you said this last year, you'd be banned from Facebook. Now Facebook is allowing "some" opinion about lab origin. What else is there to do to prove that someone is controlling public opinion ?

    oceanicsky 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Imagine what the next virus China they could will release be like. They got away with it with ease, cause a bunch of Elite people are worried about their money or a big scam for the Elite to profit.

    Jason Rolling 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • We already know it started in China and they started to notify.other govts weeks after it was out of control , they new it was a problem and was already out of control, so the fact they don't want to admit it started in lab isn't as important as the fact they waited so long before warning other countries because of trying to cover it up .They tried to cover up the investigation so they werent liable for all the deaths because of not telling countries sooner and about how contagious it was , they caused millions of deaths because of there actions and they should pay

    Don m 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • We should sue china or else get ready for more viruses

    Pallab Jt. 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • The virus is naturally from bats and was discovered 10 years ago. It ALSO was being studied in a Chinese lab. The two are not mutually exclusive.

    Arcanum 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • These are for sure very valid question, China suppressing the voices of those who speak up about their role in the origination of pandemic is a strong proof that something is fishy somewhere…

    memebybarik 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Another nail in the coffin for the mainstream media.

    USAunited 7 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • this story needs more coverage than 3 minutes

    MILWAUKEE MOTOR 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • That's funny I got really really sick in November and couldn't breathe and I would stop breathing if I tried falling asleep. It took me 3weeks to get my strength and breathe back…

    M H 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • On 31 January, some Indian researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology had published a pre-print whose findings sent shock waves across the world. The paper, which was quickly withdrawn by the authors after furore, had found ‘4 insertions in the spike glycoprotein (S) which are unique to the 2019-nCoV and are not present in other coronaviruses. Importantly, amino acid residues in all the 4 inserts have identity or similarity to those in the HIV- 1 gp120 or HIV-1 Gag’ and concluded that the four inserts were ‘unlikely to be fortuitous in nature’. Luc Montagnier who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008 for his contribution in identifying HIV as the cause of the AIDS epidemic had opined, while referencing the above paper by IIT researchers, that the SARS-CoV-2 was ‘manipulated and accidentally released from a laboratory in Wuhan.’

    chaos90 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Never forget that Shepard Smith left Fox News because of “misinformation”.

    The Liercat 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • This is racist

    Doug Bell 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Fort Detrick US Military Lab must also be investigated

    COVID Started In The U.S.
    July 2019 – resperatory outbreak in Virginia
    Aug 2019 – Fort Detrick shut down
    Sept 2019 – research found COVID19 has beem ciruclating in Italy
    Oct 2019 – Wuhan Military Games

    31 Dec 2019

    Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was eventually identified.

    1 January 2020

    WHO had set up the IMST (Incident Management Support Team) across the three levels of the organization: headquarters, regional headquarters and country level, putting the organization on an emergency footing for dealing with the outbreak.

    4 January 2020

    WHO reported on social media that there was a cluster of pneumonia cases – with no deaths – in Wuhan, Hubei province.

    5 January 2020

    WHO published our first Disease Outbreak News on the new virus. This is a flagship technical publication to the scientific and public health community as well as global media. It contained a risk assessment and advice, and reported on what China had told the organization about the status of patients and the public health response on the cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan.

    10 January 2020

    WHO issued a comprehensive package of technical guidance online with advice to all countries on how to detect, test and manage potential cases, based on what was known about the virus at the time. This guidance was shared with WHO's regional emergency directors to share with WHO representatives in countries.
    Based on experience with SARS and MERS and known modes of transmission of respiratory viruses, infection and prevention control guidance were published to protect health workers recommending droplet and contact precautions when caring for patients, and airborne precautions for aerosol generating procedures conducted by health workers.

    12 January 2020

    China publicly shared the genetic sequence of COVID-19.

    13 January 2020
    Officials confirm a case of COVID-19 in Thailand, the first recorded case outside of China.

    14 January 2020

    WHO's technical lead for the response noted in a press briefing there may have been limited human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus (in the 41 confirmed cases), mainly through family members, and that there was a risk of a possible wider outbreak. The lead also said that human-to-human transmission would not be surprising given our experience with SARS, MERS and other respiratory pathogens.

    20-21 January 2020

    WHO experts from its China and Western Pacific regional offices conducted a brief field visit to Wuhan.

    22 January 2020

    WHO mission to China issued a statement saying that there was evidence of human-to-human transmission in Wuhan but more investigation was needed to understand the full extent of transmission.

    22- 23 January 2020

    The WHO Director- General convened an Emergency Committee (EC) under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) to assess whether the outbreak constituted a public health emergency of international concern. The independent members from around the world could not reach a consensus based on the evidence available at the time. They asked to be reconvened within 10 days after receiving more information.

    28 January 2020

    A senior WHO delegation led by the Director-General travelled to Beijing to meet China’s leadership, learn more about China’s response, and to offer any technical assistance.
    While in Beijing, Dr. Tedros agreed with Chinese government leaders that an international team of leading scientists would travel to China on a mission to better understand the context, the overall response, and exchange information and experience.

    30 January 2020

    The WHO Director-General reconvened the Emergency Committee (EC). This was earlier than the 10-day period and only two days after the first reports of limited human-to-human transmission were reported outside China. This time, the EC reached consensus and advised the Director-General that the outbreak constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Director-General accepted the recommendation and declared the novel coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV) a PHEIC. This is the 6th time WHO has declared a PHEIC since the International Health Regulations (IHR) came into force in 2005.
    WHO’s situation report for 30 January reported 7818 total confirmed cases worldwide, with the majority of these in China, and 82 cases reported in 18 countries outside China. WHO gave a risk assessment of very high for China, and high at the global level.

    3 February 2020

    WHO releases the international community's Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to help protect states with weaker health systems.

    11-12 February 2020

    WHO convened a Research and Innovation Forum on COVID-19, attended by more than 400 experts and funders from around the world, which included presentations by George Gao, Director General of China CDC, and Zunyou Wu, China CDC's chief epidemiologist.

    16-24 February 2020

    The WHO-China Joint mission, which included experts from Canada, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore and the US (CDC, NIH) spent time in Beijing and also travelled to Wuhan and two other cities. They spoke with health officials, scientists and health workers in health facilities (maintaining physical distancing). The report of the joint mission can be found here: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/who-china-joint-mission-on-covid-19-final-report.pdf

    11 March 2020

    Deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction, WHO made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

    13 March 2020

    COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund launched to receive donations from private individuals, corporations and institutions.

    18 March 2020

    WHO and partners launch the Solidarity Trial, an international clinical trial that aims to generate robust data from around the world to find the most effective treatments for COVID-19.

    ref.:
    1.) https://abcnews.go.com/US/respiratory-outbreak-investigated-retirement-community-54-residents-fall/story?id=64275865 2.) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/health/germs-fort-detrick-biohazard.html 3.) https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-italy-timing-idUSKBN27W1J2 4.) https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1183658.shtml 5.) https://www.who.int/news/item/27-04-2020-who-timeline—covid-19

    Flamer Melody20 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • What has the world done to China? Why did we do to deserve this lab grown Wuhan plague? Why China, why? 😢😭

    True That 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Science is about Empirically testing hypothesis not politics the fact that so far no bat has ever been found with anything resembling COVID-19 and the fact that COVID-19 has unusual mutations making it ideal for infecting humans have been pushed out of the delusional media since it matches into the Wuhan lab origins hypothesis not bat origins hypothesis

    Specific Angle 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • aggresive hypothesis, not an evidence, but just accusing.

    Huang Jianing 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Does this mean bat soup is back on the menu ?

    s Q 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Alan Phelan 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • The Xinjiang lies did great marketing of how proactively the CCP deals with terrorism and how inclusively the Han majority supports 55 other ethnic groups. Now the COVID rumours, lol. Will CIA work from home through Internet surfing? China is replying on the US for another great advertising for their super accessible hospital system.
    Chinese hospitals – Just walk in or make appointments online for any symptoms, Chinese people got checked immediately or on the same day, mostly everything is covered by the national insurance card, with a certificate for sick leaves. Much better than the only remaining choice of pharmacies.

    Sandra X 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • For today, as we all know that America and China are not in good terms. If they were in good terms, they would have planted this blame on alien theory. After that, we all would be made to think that, we would be attacked by them.

    Kakoli Bhowmick 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • No doubt it came from Wuhan lab and that was the reason Beijing tried to cover it up and prevented world scientists from visiting the site for long time….If it wasn't a lab leak, the fact that a novel coronavirus just happened to emerge in Wuhan would be one of history's greatest coincidences.

    Pratik Patel 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • So this is no longer a theory

    Steve Rodgers 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Looks like Fauci emails have been leaked and shows he was covering everything up. Mask never helped protect you. Only if you had covid to protect others from you. That the virus was obviously engineered and that he was only going along with the whole thing. Wow

    Steve Rodgers 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • CHINA MUST PAY FOR RELEASING THIS DEADLY VIRUS!!!!

    Michael Jameson 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • When know Shep it’s all about your need for revenge against Trump. You have no credibility! State run media.

    Kathleen Onieal 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten
  • Ok CNBC time to go back to some integrity in reporting.

    Kathleen Onieal 05/06/2021 17:49 Antworten

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