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Today, Friday, the World Health Organization called on all countries to share information in their possession on the origins of Covid-19, after the FBI and the US Department of Energy said a leak from a laboratory in Wuhan caused the pandemic.
Furthermore, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said during his usual press conference: “If a country has information on the origin of the epidemic, it needs to share it with the World Health Organization and the international scientific community”.
“It’s Not About Blaming”
He emphasized that it’s not about “blaming” but rather about “improving our understanding of the way in which this pandemic started in so we can prevent, prepare for, and respond to future epidemics”.
And this week, FBI Director Christopher Wray said it was “very likely” that a leak from a lab in Wuhan, in China, was the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic, two days after a similar hypothesis put forward by the US Department of Energy. .
Request information from US officials
In response to a question on this matter, Maria Van Kerkhov, who heads the Covid-19 combat team at the World Health Organization, explained that the agency had requested information from senior officials of the US mission to the United Nations to Geneva.
“We have sent requests for information on the latest report from the Department of Energy, but also on additional reports from various US agencies,” he added.
“As of now, we don’t have access to these reports or the data that made these reports possible,” he added.
The first public confirmation of the secret opinion
US FBI Director Christopher Wray said the intelligence agency believes Covid-19 “probably” originated in a “Chinese government-controlled laboratory”.
“The FBI has long believed that the origin of the pandemic was most likely a laboratory accident,” he added in an interview with Fox News.
This is the first public confirmation of the FBI’s confidential opinion on how the virus emerged.
On the other hand, China has denied the existence of any laboratory leaks in Wuhan and has described this allegation as an insult and a defamation.