Story at a glance:
- G7 will call for a renewed, more transparent investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
- Most British and American intel suggests the virus was transmitted from animals to humans, but the theory that it leaked from a lab has not been completely ruled out.
- China denies any wrongdoing.
As world leaders gather Friday in the United Kingdom for the Group of Seven (G-7) summit, a new document reveals that the group will call for a renewed and more transparent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. The probe would be led by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The G-7 is an organization of the world’s largest “advanced economies,” consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the United States. The leaders meet to discuss and set a world agenda on issues such as climate change, free trade and international security.
This year, leaders are also calling for a “phase 2 study” into COVID-19’s origins that is “free from interference” — a push first initiated by President Biden, The Guardian reports.
It is still unknown how the coronavirus spread to humans. Most intelligence suggests it jumped from animals to humans, but some circles have not ruled out the possibility that it was leaked from a lab.
First reported by Bloomberg News, the draft pushes “for progress on a transparent, evidence-based, and expert-led WHO-convened phase 2 study on the origins of Covid-19, that is free from interference.”
As Changing America previously reported, the origins of the coronavirus has been hotly debated. Earlier this year, the WHO concluded in its initial investigation it is “extremely unlikely” that COVID-19 originated in a lab or facility. While the broad understanding in scientific and intelligence communities is that the virus most likely came from animals, the U.S.’s own intelligence community has not ruled out the possibility of a lab leak.
Biden said last month during an announcement to expand the U.S.’s investigation into the virus’s origins that two elements of U.S. intel show the virus naturally occurred and a third suggests it could have come from a lab leak, The Guardian reports.
The lab-leak theory is taking hold in the scientific community, with some saying it should not be ruled out until there is proof that signals otherwise.
The Guardian also reports that the prevailing consensus among British intelligence is that COVID-19 was transmitted from animals to humans. But, the lab-leak theory has not been completely disqualified.
As Changing America previously reported, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Biden's chief medical adviser, is requesting that China release the information of the three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology who were sick around November 2019 and had to be hospitalized.
In addition, six miners fell ill after going into a bat cave in 2012. Wuhan scientists later took samples from that cave. Only three of the miners survived.
However, an Italian study by the Milan National Cancer Institute says some patients may have been infected with COVID-19 in September 2019, two months before the Wuhan researchers fell ill. And some blood samples from another study show patients’ antibodies first appeared in October, according to The Guardian.
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