China has denied claims that a trio of researchers from their Wuhan lab were the first infectees of the COVID-19 virus.
After the first case of the affliction was identified in late 2019, the virus spread like wildfire all across the globe.
Since it mushroomed globally, the virus has infected 167,243,444 people in the world and has caused the death of 3.4 million.
Although many countries are pointing towards China as the source of the pathogen, the Chinese government has vehemently rejected the allegations.
According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal, which cites a US intelligence report, three researchers from the Wuhan lab exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus in November of 2019 – a month before Beijing reported an outbreak of pneumonia in December.
However, when asked about the contents of the report Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said it was ‘totally untrue.’
Lijian said the Wuhan lab was not exposed to the virus until December 2019, when samples of the virus were taken in for study.
The World Health Organization’s investigation – undertaken in March of 2021 – supports Lijian’s statement.
After four weeks of inspections, WHO and a team of other Chinese researchers concluded that the Wuhan lab being the source of the virus is ‘extremely unlikely.’
However, some countries believe that WHO specialists – during the investigation – were not given full access to “complete, original data and samples.”
At present, it’s generally accepted that the COVID-19 virus jumped from bats to humans through a still unidentified animal.
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