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China's Response to WHO Suggestion: No

Senior health official rebuffs WHO's suggestion on probe into COVID-19 origins

(Newser) - China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the National Health Commission, said he was “rather taken aback" by the call for a...

Fauci to Paul: 'You Do Not Know What You're Talking About'

Both accuse the other of lying in Senate hearing

(Newser) - A recurring clash between the government's top infectious disease doctor and a senator has erupted again on Capitol Hill, with each accusing the other of lying. Dr. Anthony Fauci angrily confronted Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in testimony before a Senate committee on Tuesday. Fauci rejected Paul's...

New Data Revive Early Theory on Pandemic's Origin

Evolutionary biologist Michael Worobey says SARS-CoV-2 likely originated at seafood market

(Newser) - One of 18 scientists to sign a May letter upping the idea that the novel coronavirus may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology says new evidence points in another direction: the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. "I do think transmission from another species, without a lab escape, is...

Wuhan's Only Foreign Virologist Speaks Out

Danielle Anderson says 'lab leak' theory unlikely given lab's strict rules

(Newser) - The only foreign scientist to conduct research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology's BSL-4 lab says people have the wrong impression of it as likely to enable the escape of a deadly virus. The "lab leak" theory on the coronavirus has not been proven, though a report claimed...

Scientist Recovers Deleted Early COVID Samples

Chinese scientists mysteriously removed them from database

(Newser) - An American researcher says files that could shed more light on the origins of COVID-19 were mysteriously deleted from a database last year. Seattle virologist Jesse Bloom says genetic sequences from more than 200 early COVID cases in Wuhan were submitted to an online database by Chinese researchers in March...

China's 'Bat Lady' Says COVID Didn't Leak From Her Lab

Shi Zhengli says world is 'pouring filth on an innocent scientist'

(Newser) - The theory that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan has been getting a lot more attention in recent weeks—and so has the lab's most famous virologist. Dr. Shi Zhengli, nicknamed the "Bat Lady" for her work researching bat coronaviruses, has been the focus of much speculation,...

Biden Steps Up Effort to Trace COVID's Origin

Criticism of WHO's dismissal of lab theory increases

(Newser) - Saying Wednesday that the investigations so far have been inconclusive, President Biden gave intelligence agencies 90 days to find the origins of the coronavirus. Biden said he wants the agencies' "most up-to-date analysis of the origins of COVID-19, including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal...

Media Does U-Turn on Wuhan Lab Theory
Media Does U-Turn
on Wuhan Lab Theory
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Media Does U-Turn on Wuhan Lab Theory

The idea that COVID escaped from a Chinese laboratory is now very much in play

(Newser) - The origins of COVID-19 remain under investigation. But anyone following stories on the topic has likely noticed a big shift in consensus over the last few weeks: The idea that the virus escaped from a lab in China, once generally denounced as a conspiracy theory, is now very much in...

Staff at Wuhan Lab Got Sick in November 2019

With COVID-like symptoms, though it's not clear what illness they had

(Newser) - There has long been debate over the origin of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, with the WHO declaring it "extremely unlikely" that the virus leaked from a laboratory. Yet many remain unconvinced by the organization's official conclusion, which is that the virus simply jumped from a bat to...

COVID Jumped From Bats to Animal to Humans: WHO

Joint report with China finds that virus likely didn't originate in a lab

(Newser) - A joint China-World Health Organization study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is "extremely unlikely," according to a draft obtained by the AP . The findings offer...

Few Agree With Redfield on Virus Origin: 'That's Fine'

Ex-director of CDC acknowledges the lab theory isn't backed by evidence

(Newser) - A former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has circled back to a widely rejected theory about the origins of the coronavirus. Dr. Robert Redfield said he believes the most likely explanation is that the pathogen escaped somehow from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, the New York ...

WHO Ends Wuhan Mission, Pinpoints Likely Coronavirus Origins

Experts say it's not likely the virus leaked from a Chinese lab, but jumped from animal to humans

(Newser) - The coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped to humans from an animal, a World Health Organization expert said Tuesday. WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek made the assessment at the end of a visit to...

China Angry Over T-Shirt Order by Embassy Staffer

The incident underscores the sour relation between Canada and China

(Newser) - China has made a formal complaint to Canada over T-shirts ordered by a Canadian Embassy staffer in Beijing that allegedly mocked China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, the AP reports, in an apparent mix-up between the city of Wuhan and the American hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Foreign Ministry spokesperson...

WHO Team Visits Wuhan Virus Lab
WHO Team Visits
Wuhan Virus Lab

WHO Team Visits Wuhan Virus Lab

Institute has been at the center of speculation

(Newser) - World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus, with one member saying they'd intended to meet key staff and press them on critical issues. The WHO team's...

WHO Team Out of Quarantine, Starts Digging on COVID Mystery

Experts are on fact-finding mission in China on the origins of the coronavirus

(Newser) - A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers, who were required to isolate for 14 days after arriving in China, left...

COVID Investigators Arrive at Suspected Ground Zero

WHO team is trying to find origin of pandemic

(Newser) - A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. The 10-member team sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization was...

WHO: China Blocked Our Team From Wuhan

But Beijing rep says arrangements are still being made

(Newser) - A team tasked with tracing the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan has been denied entry into China, according to the World Health Organization. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday he was "very disappointed" that visa clearances had not been issued as "two members had already begun...

Wuhan's Real Total Might Have Been Much Higher

500K might have had the virus, though study suggests containment efforts succeeded

(Newser) - In April, health officials reported 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wuhan, where the disease was first discovered. New data released Monday suggests the true total in the early days of the pandemic might have been 10 times higher in the city of 11 million people, Bloomberg reports. The study...

Citizen Journo Accused of 'Picking Quarrels' Gets 4 Years

Zhang Zhan sentenced in China after reporting on coronavirus from Wuhan

(Newser) - Trying to keep a tight rein on news about COVID within its borders, the Chinese government has detained citizen journalists who've tried to push back on its propaganda regarding the virus. Now, what's believed to be the first sentencing of its kind: that of Zhang Zhan, a former...

China Grants Access to Team Tracking COVID Source

International scientists will start search in Wuhan

(Newser) - A World Health Organization team investigating the source of COVID-19 will visit Wuhan next month, more than a year after the first cases were detected in the central China city. It has taken many months of negotiations for the international team of scientists to be granted access to the city,...

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