The FBI takes into account that the corona virus originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan. According to the director of the security service, Christopher Wray, covid-19 “most likely accidentally” escaped from a laboratory. That says Wray in an interview with Fox News.
Last weekend, the US Department of Energy, based on information from the FBI, stated that there is a small chance that COVID-19 actually originated in a laboratory. Until yesterday, however, the FBI had never publicly commented on the controversial “laboratory theory.” “I will only comment that the Chinese government, it seems, has done its best to thwart our work and that of the U.S. government and foreign partners and cover up information. That is unfortunate for everyone,” said Wray .
The laboratory theory behind the origin of the coronavirus has been circulating for several years. The New York Times already announced in November 2021 that the FBI took into account the scenario that Covid-19 would have originated in a Chinese laboratory. The laboratory in Wuhan is known worldwide as a highly regarded institute where research is done into all kinds of viruses.
The US ambassador in Beijing called on the Chinese government last Monday to provide more clarity about the origin of Covid-19. Apart from the Department of Energy, most government agencies agree that corona could not have originated in a laboratory. Four other US government agencies assume that the coronavirus originated in nature, while two other institutions say that the origin of Covid-19 is simply still unknown.
China has not yet responded to Wray’s statements, but has responded to those of the Ministry of Energy. A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs refers to a study by the World Health Organization in which the laboratory theory is labeled “very unlikely”. “Certain parties must stop spreading the laboratory theory, blackening China and politicizing the question of the origin of covid.”
Discrimination, hatred and violence against people with an Asian background has been a growing problem since the corona pandemic. According to various organizations, the number of reports of this has risen sharply. For example, Stop AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) Hate reports that some 3,800 racist incidents were reported between March 2020 and February 2021. The actual number is likely much higher, as many go unreported.
Many people are speaking out on social media against this recurring hatred and aggression towards Asians under the hashtag #StopAsianHate . Americans believe that former President Trump contributed to it, including by referring to corona with terms such as ‘China virus’ or ‘Kung Flu’.
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