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Unfounded allegations have been made against China over suggestions that Covid may have originated from a laboratory leak or collection of bat coronavirus samples, the country’s ambassador to Denmark said.
Writing in the Copenhagen Post, Ambassador Feng Tie responded to a Danish documentary quoting a World Health Organization mission to Wuhan last week, saying China’s resistance to the lab inspection could mean “there is a human error” to be covered up.
An employee who is infected in the field by taking samples falls under one of the plausible hypotheses. Here the virus jumps directly from the bat to the human. In that case, it would be a lab worker instead of a random resident or other person who has regular contact with bats. So that’s actually in the probable category.
Until 48 hours before we completed the entire mission, we still didn’t have an agreement to talk about the lab part of the report, so it was debated to the very end whether to include it or not.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, China has worked closely with the WHO to search for the origin of Covid-19. However, there were unfounded accusations against China. On August 12, TV2 aired a documentary on the search for origins. This documentary, full of clear assumptions and vague conclusions, is not based on facts but on assumptions and aims to belittle China and politicize the issue of studying origins by misleading audiences.
The WHO-China Joint Post-Travel Report was fully in line with WHO procedures and scientific methods. It turned out to be a valuable and authoritative report that can withstand the exam of science and history. Officially published by the WHO, the report should serve as a basis and guide for global efforts to find origins.
14.58 pm BST
Ireland has administered at least one dose to 90% of adults, the head of the vaccine introduction announced.
> 90% of adults received at least 1 dose of the vaccine
~ 83% of adults fully vaccinated
> 75% of the eligible population (12+) fully vaccinated
So far, 6.46 million doses of the vaccine have been administered@HSELive#ForUsAll# DoChách pic.twitter.com/oS0pSW0Sbj