WHO investigation into Covid-19: “China considers that a laboratory leak is possible… but in the United States”, analyzes a specialist

WHO investigation into Covid-19: “China considers that a laboratory leak is possible… but in the United States”, analyzes a specialist

“China has no interest in continuing to cooperate with the WHO”estimated Friday August 13 on franceinfo Antoine Bondaz, teacher-researcher specializing in China. “She does not get out of the political narrative that was imposed from 2020” and she “accelerating the spread of the rumor of a foreign spread of the virus”. Beijing once again rejected any new investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday and refused to provide new data to investigators. “Even though the WHO report says a lab leak is unlikely, China considers it highly unlikely, impossible to verify, and unverifiable. there is no need for another investigation. In contrast, Beijing considers a lab leak to be possible in the United States.”

franceinfo: Beijing does not want to appear to be responsible for the pandemic?

Antoine Bondaz: That is clear and it has been since the start of the pandemic. As early as March 2020, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs even tried to ignite fires by officially conveying the rumor of a foreign spread of the virus. China notably puts forward the hypothesis that the American soldiers who participated in the Wuhan games in the fall of 2019 would have imported the virus. China is now accelerating the spread of this rumor, not taken up at all by scientists, with in particular a petition now signed by 25 million Chinese who are asking for inspections in the United States.

So why open the doors of Wuhan to UN investigators in January if, from the start, it was mission impossible?

The objective of the WHO, which has sent inspectors to China three times, was not to openly criticize Beijing in order to ensure that it seeks cooperation and to see what this investigation could yield. Beijing concluded that the January 2021 survey was the last valid in China. Now, even though the WHO report says the lab lead is unlikely, China considers it not at all likely, impossible to verify, and not there is no need for another investigation. On the other hand, it is the obvious paradox, Beijing considers that a laboratory leak is possible, not on its territory but in the United States.

Why is this hypothesis of a Chinese laboratory leak coming back in force in the United States today?

This assumption has always existed. Most scientists at the time focused on the P4 lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. But there are other labs in Wuhan and its suburbs, including P2 and P3 labs that handle bat coronaviruses. The problem today is multiple. First, the investigation of the zoonosis, ie the initial chain of contamination and the initial host animal, does not bear fruit. China did not provide any new information. And then new revelations, in particular on the Institute of Virology and on the suppression of certain databases, again accredits this hypothesis.

All of this can only fuel conspiracy theories, but will we ever really know the truth?

China is not getting out of the political narrative that has been imposed since 2020. If investigations and discoveries must move forward, it is rather with Chinese scientists who, potentially, could try to participate in investigations more than by the will of the authorities. policies. That is what is worrying.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.