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World Health Organization Head Now ‘Privately’ Blames Chinese Lab For Coronavirus Pandemic: Report

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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press conference following an emergency talks over the new SARS-like virus spreading in China and other nations in Geneva on January 22, 2020. - The coronavirus has sparked alarm because of its similarity to the outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) that killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-03.
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The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) reportedly believes that the coronavirus pandemic originated from a leak in a Chinese laboratory back in late 2019.

The Mail, a British newspaper, reported that Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus “privately believes the Covid pandemic started following a leak from a Chinese laboratory,” according to a top government official. “While publicly the group maintains that ‘all hypotheses remain on the table’ about the origins of Covid, the source said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), had recently confided to a senior European politician that the most likely explanation was a catastrophic accident at a laboratory in Wuhan, where infections first spread in late 2019.”

Tedros recently told member nations that the WHO does “not yet have the answers as to where it came from or how it entered the human population” and that it was “morally” important to determine its origin. Tedros said countries, including China, needed to share data and that the WHO needed “transparency and without interference from any government.”

A WHO spokesperson said: “Dr. Tedros has been consistently saying that all hypothesis remain on the table as scientists pursue their work.”

The coronavirus pandemic, which has caused trillions of dollars in damage to the global economy and killed an estimated 15 million people, broke out sometime in late 2019. However, an exact timeline of events has never been established due to China resisting international pressure for an investigation inside the country.

Three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology — China’s only Biosafety level-4 laboratory — were hospitalized in November 2019 with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report that was released last year.

“The details of the reporting go beyond a State Department fact sheet, issued during the final days of the Trump administration, which said that several researchers at the lab, a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens, became sick in autumn 2019 ‘with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness,’” The Wall Street Journal reported. “November 2019 is roughly when many epidemiologists and virologists believe SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the pandemic, first began circulating around the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where Beijing says that the first confirmed case was a man who fell ill on Dec. 8, 2019.”

A panel of experts told a congressional subcommittee last year that they believed that the pandemic originated from a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The Daily Wire reported at the time:

All four of the experts — which included Dr. David Asher, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, Dr. Richard Muller, emeritus professor of physics at the University of California Berkeley and Dr. Steven Quay, founder of Atossa Therapeutics — answered “yes” when asked if the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 started in Wuhan lab.

As The Daily Wire previously reported, U.S. officials have indicated that they believe that China “intentionally” underreported their true numbers “by at least a factor of 50.” British officials reportedly told Prime Minister Boris Johnson early in the pandemic that China could have underreported their numbers “by a factor of 15 to 40 times.” The Washington Post reported in April 2020 that “evidence” coming out of Wuhan suggested that the real death count was over 40,000, which comes as China still claims that it only has a little over 4,600 deaths total nationwide. A conservative estimate in April 2020 from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)—which gave China every benefit of the doubt when coming up with their calculations, and then some—suggested that China severely and “deliberately” underreported their numbers and that China’s true numbers at the time had to be at least 2.9 million infections with well over 100,000 deaths.

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