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- China has reportedly threatened to take action against any nation that claims the novel coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
- President Biden recently received an “inconclusive” intelligence report regarding the origins of COVID-19.
- China has repeatedly denied all allegations that the novel coronavirus originated in the Wuhan lab.
China has reportedly threatened to take action against any nation that claims the novel coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), after President Biden received an “inconclusive” report regarding the origins of COVID-19.
“We will continue to cooperate with international organizations like the WHO in their research and in their search for the origins,” Fu Cong, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s Arms Control Department, said, according to Bloomberg News.
“But we do not accept baseless and unfounded accusations that are politically motivated. And if they want to baselessly accuse China, so they better be prepared to accept the counterattack from China,” he continued.
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China has repeatedly denied all allegations that the novel coronavirus, which has taken the lives of more than 4 million people worldwide, originated in the Wuhan lab.
Fu added that if the U.S. chooses to pursue further inquiry into the lab leak theory, then World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus should be permitted to visit Fort Detrick in Maryland: “the center of the U.S. government’s darkest experiments.”
The intelligence community’s findings are expected to be made available to the public in the coming days, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday.
President Biden in May gave the U.S intelligence community 90 days to produce a report on the origins of COVID-19. It was prompted by increasing scrutiny over theories about the virus’s origins.
A Wall Street Journal report based on intelligence findings revealed that three researchers from WIV were hospitalized in November “with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illness.”
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