NYT Reporter Blames Trump For Media Malfeasance On Wuhan Lab Leak Theory

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Lawrence Young, virologist and professor of molecular oncology at the University of Warwick, said much of the evidence points to the virus evolving in a bat and "accidentally spilling" over into humans.

In his address, Becerra did not mention China directly, but his remarks came days after a Wall Street Journal report in which U.S. intelligence officials are quoted saying three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city of Wuhan sought hospital care in November 2019, several weeks before China acknowledged the first case of the new highly infectious disease in the community.

Information about a potential connection to the lab began leaking to some in the media early past year - including Fox News's John Roberts, who in April asked Trump about a theory that the virus began with an intern who was infected and subsequently spread the infection to Wuhan's wet market.

Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, have promoted the theory that the virus emerged from a laboratory accident rather than naturally through human contact with an infected animal. Biden said he received that report earlier this month and asked for additional follow-up.

China's foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said the claims in the USA intelleigence report were "completely untrue".

Principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Back said in early 2020, the President called for the CDC to get access to China to learn about the virus so we can fight it more effectively. We were not-during that first phase of the investigation, there was not access to data, there was not information provided.

Those involved in the probe that was shuttered say that it was an honest effort to look into whether China's biological weapons program could have played a role in the pandemic's origin, according to CNN.

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And calls from scientists for more transparency are growing.

The virus expert told lawmakers that it was "a modest collaboration with very respectable Chinese scientists who were world experts on coronavirus", New York Post reported. "Importantly, we will continue pushing for a stronger, more multilateral investigation into the origins of the virus in China", said Jean-Pierre.

The United States, the European Union, and more than a dozen other nations have also previously raised concerns about the World Health Organization study, pointing to the report's significant delay and China's refusal to share crucial raw data.

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a Senate hearing last week that it "certainly" was "one possibility" that the CCP virus pandemic may have been a result of a lab incident.

The problem is, this link still hasn't been found, Scott Gottlieb, a former head of the Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC on Monday - and not for want of trying. But she added that most coronaviruses "generally come from an animal origin".

However, after the report was published, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus himself claimed that all theories remained on the table.

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