Information about a potential connection to the lab began leaking to some in the media early a year ago - including Fox News's John Roberts, who in April asked Trump about a theory that the virus began with an intern who was infected and subsequently spread the infection to Wuhan's wet market. "But the data may add weight to calls from China's critics for more transparency and to the World Health Organization team's desire to return to the country for further studies", it said.
Natural origin is the most likely scenario, and the theory that the virus leaks from the laboratory is "very unlikely", he said.
A report by The Wall Street Journal released on Monday alleges that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were sick with Covid-like symptoms before the outbreak in November 2019, for which they sought medical care. Does it really care about the origin-tracing of the virus or just want to divert attention?
Zhao Lijian said the latest claims were "totally untrue".
United States top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci told lawmakers on Tuesday that the Wuhan Institute of Virology received money from the National Institutes of Health amid rising concerns over coronavirus origins.
The United States and China are fiercely on how to track the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic as Washington seeks to conduct a new round of research with independent global experts.
This means improving global triggers, so all countries take swift action toward the next biological threat, he said, underlining the importance of establishing a global health security financing mechanism that is sustainable - with strong accountability and oversight. "Understanding how the coronavirus and the pandemic began matters".
The Biden administration has updated the United States call for a more complete investigation of its origins COVID-19After a report last weekend, the theory that the disease was accidentally released from a research institute in Wuhan, China, was supported.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, when asked about the matter on May 24, said that the Biden administration has "repeatedly called for the World Health Organization to support an expert-driven evaluation of the pandemic's origins that is free from interference or politicization". Beijing has been accused of delaying access to worldwide investigators for several months after its first outbreak, effectively guaranteeing that the lab was thoroughly cleaned before conducting forensic analysis.
The lab leak claims were dismissed previous year as a fringe conspiracy theory, after then-President Donald Trump said COVID-19 had originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
"We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data", a group of researchers from top United States universities wrote in a letter published by the journal Science in mid-May.
"It was obvious to me from the beginning, but as always I was badly criticized. Now they are all saying 'He was right.' Thank you!"
Four new COVID cases connected to outbreak
All domestic borders remain open despite most states and territories issuing updated travel advice for recent Victorian arrivals. Anyone who has attended a tier two exposure site to get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result.
Cable Car Disaster In Italy Kills 14
Among the other victims were an Italian researcher, Serena Consentino, and her Iranian-born companion, Mohammadreza Shahaisavandi. The cable vehicle collapsed around 300 meters from the summit of the Stresa-Mottarone line in Piedmont, local media said.