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  • An advisory board member for the World Health Organization voiced his concern Monday that the Chinese government is engaged in a “massive cover-up” regarding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Jamie Metzl is a prominent advocate of the lab leak theory that claims that COVID-19 accidentally leaked from a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
  • “The problem is the Chinese have engaged in a massive cover-up that is going on until today involving destroying samples, hiding records, placing a universal gag order on Chinese scientists and imprisoning Chinese citizen journalists asking the most basic questions,” he said in a recent interview.

An advisory board member for the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced his concern Monday that the Chinese government is engaged in a “massive cover-up” regarding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Jamie Metzl is a prominent advocate of the lab leak theory alleging that COVID-19 accidentally leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The theory recently gained the attention of the federal government, and President Biden has ordered an intelligence investigation into the matter. 

“The problem that we face here isn’t the WHO. It’s not even really Dr. [Anthony] Fauci,” Metzl said on Fox News's “America’s Newsroom.” “The problem is the Chinese have engaged in a massive cover-up that is going on until today involving destroying samples, hiding records, placing a universal gag order on Chinese scientists and imprisoning Chinese citizen journalists asking the most basic questions. That’s what we need to get around.”


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The dominant theory to date has pointed to a natural origin, where the virus naturally jumped species. But new evidence has challenged the prevailing thought, including a Wall Street Journal report that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in November 2019 and a trove of emails from White House chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci — one reportedly claiming that virus traits were “inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory”. 


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But despite emerging circumstantial evidence, Metzl emphasized the need to conduct a thorough investigation that would require cooperation from China and global leaders. He added that “the more China stonewalls, the more suspicious that it looks ... China may not want to investigate the origins of this pandemic, or maybe they already know how it started, but we can’t give China a veto over whether or not we investigate the worst pandemic in a century.”

“We need to do everything possible to have a full investigation,” Metzl told Fox News. “If China will allow it, that’s great. If they won’t allow it, we need to have a parallel process with the United States working with allies and partners around the world.”


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Published on Jun 08, 2021