‘Farcical!’ Scientists skewer WHO officials for bowing to China over Covid investigation

WHO china investigation labelled 'farcical' by Lord Ridley

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Conservative peer and scientist Lord Ridley told talkRADIO the World Health Organisation’s investigation into the origins of coronavirus in China “farcical”. His comments come as a group of scientists have written a letter accusing the WHO of failing to properly investigate whether Covid was leaked from a Wuhan lab and demanding a further investigation. A report by the WHO concluded there were no links between the virus and the suspect lab in Wuhan. But WHO investigators on the trip to Wuhan detailed how they were escorted at all times by officials and barred from accessing specific sites in what many believe was an attempted cover up from the Chinese Government.

One section of the letter from the scientists reads: “Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover (from animals to humans) both remain viable, more investigation is needed to determine the origins of the pandemic.”

Lord Ridley told the show: “I think the World Health Organisation’s investigation in January and February was so farcical that it has backfired.

“Most people quite sensibly have looked at that and said ‘hang on you have got no evidence for the claims you are making and no evidence against the lab leak as a result of this investigation’.

“So this letter is signed by some very important people”.

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He went on to say: “People like Ralph Baric, who has been collaborating with the Wuhan Institute of Virology for many years and really invented this whole field of reverse genetics where you manipulate bat viruses to see whether or not they can infect different kinds of cells in the lab.

“Ian Lipkin (professor of epidemiology) is not on this letter but he is someone who signed a paper a year ago saying it (the virus) could not possibly come from a lab, he has now changed his tune and said we need to investigate both sides.”

Lord Ridley went on to explain: “And you’re beginning to see the mainstream media catch up with this, the New York Times has changed the title of one of its stories to remove the word ‘debunked’ from the theory.

“And people are starting to make the distinction between a leaked virus which might not have been manipulated and the much more barmy idea that this was a deliberate bioweapon which was deliverately released – which almost nobody believes.”

WHO's China investigation slammed by Lord Ridley

The WHO report on the origins of coronavirus was released in March and concluded it is “extremely unlikely that coronavirus, which has killed millions across the world, originated in a lab in China.

Detailing the WHO’s findings, the report said there was no evidence that the virus was created in a lab as a number of theories had suggested over the past year.

The document reads: “Although rare, laboratory accidents do happen, and different laboratories around the world are working with bat [coronaviruses].

“When working in particular with virus cultures, but also with animal inoculations or clinical samples, humans could become infected in laboratories with limited biosafety, poor laboratory management practice, or following negligence.”

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The report added: “There is no record of viruses closely related to Sars-CoV-2 in any laboratory before December 2019, or genomes that in combination could provide a Sars-CoV-2 genome… and therefore the risk of accidental culturing Sars-CoV-2 in the [Wuhan] laboratory is extremely low.

“The Wuhan CDC lab which moved on December 2, 2019 reported no disruptions or incidents caused by the move.

“They also reported no storage nor laboratory activities on CoVs or other bat viruses preceding the outbreak”.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said back in March: “We’ve got real concerns about the methodology and the process that went into that report, including the fact that the government in Beijing apparently helped to write it.”

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