Beijing has again peddled the unproven theory that the CCP virus may have originated in the United States.
She also called on U.S. politicians “to respect science” and “stop shifting the blame” so there would be international cooperation on combating the virus.
According to the fact sheet, several researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill with COVID-19-like symptoms in the autumn of 2019, contradicting a claim by a researcher at the institute who said there was “zero infection” among lab staff and students.
“Any credible investigation into the origin of COVID-19 demands complete, transparent access to the research labs in Wuhan, including their facilities, samples, personnel, and records,” according to the fact sheet.
Hua denied the claims in the fact sheet and insisted that China was cooperating with virus origin investigations. She also suggested that U.S. labs should be open to WHO investigations.
In early 2020, U.S. experts were continually denied access to Wuhan to conduct research.
The Chinese regime rarely admits its own mistakes and often attributes internal crises to the doing of “foreign forces” in an effort to rally Chinese people around the Party’s rule.
The CCP also tried to pin the blame on Italy. In late 2020, Chinese state-run media claimed the virus spreading around the world was “a kind of variant mutating in north Italy,” quoting Alexander Kekulé, director of the Institute for Biosecurity Research in Germany.
“The origin of the virus in China is described in detail in my book, and also the Chinese efforts to conceal the magnitude of the outbreak at the beginning. I never stated that the virus originally came from Italy, this is pure propaganda,” he wrote to the Indian outlet.
India was also the target of China’s blame game. China’s state-run media Global Times published a story on Nov. 29 last year saying that the earliest human-to-human transmission occurred in the “Indian subcontinent,” several months before the outbreak in Wuhan, quoting from a Chinese study that was not yet peer-reviewed.
The Chinese study, titled “The early cryptic transmission and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in human hosts,” was conducted by three researchers, one of them affiliated with the state-run Chinese Academy of Sciences. The study, which first appeared on the research paper website SSRN in November last year, was later retracted.
Currently, a team of WHO experts is in Wuhan, waiting for their mandatory quarantine period to come to end before they start work on the ground to investigate the origin of the virus. They arrived in Wuhan on Jan. 14.