Chinese media face backlash for supporting Nobel call for Wuhan lab
Chinese state media faced backlash for eagerly amplifying its Foreign Ministry’s call for a Nobel Prize for the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) even as it is under close scrutiny as a potential origin of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Global Times, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiang said scientists working at the institute should receive the Nobel Prize in medicine, rather than being blamed for being the first to find out. the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus.
It came after Shi Zhengli, known as China’s âBat Ladyâ virologist, angrily denied that her lab was the source of the virus in an interview with The New York Times last week.
“I don’t know how the world got to this, constantly pouring dirt on an innocent scientist,” she wrote in a text message.
Commenting on Shi’s response, Zhao said that Chinese scientists in Wuhan were the first to discover the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus, but that does not mean that Wuhan was the source of the coronavirus, nor can it be inferred that the virus was made by Chinese scientists.
“If the first publication of a high-quality viral sequence is blamed for the source of the new coronavirus, then Professor Luc Antoine Montagnier, who the first to discover HIV, should be the cause of the global AIDS pandemic, and not the Nobel Prize winner. Medicine Award, “Global Times said, quoting the Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
Fox News quoted Jim Geraght of the National Review: âAside from Snark, the Chinese government’s insistence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology deserves celebrations is another indicator it intends to do not change anything in the aftermath of the pandemic. “
HotAir writer Jazz Shaw said he initially thought the report was a “bad joke”.
“The ongoing research into the original source of the virus has made it so obvious that the original explanation was wrong that even the NIH, WHO and Dr Fauci were forced to admit that the laboratory theory of origin holds true. at least worth investigating. Add to that the fact that no one has yet found a single bat carrying a virus comparable to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. China’s protests about this seem to be more and more pathetic, âhe wrote.
China faces increasing pressure from many countries over calls for a new investigation into the origins of the deadly virus.
Earlier this month, Group of Seven (G7) leaders called for a “timely, transparent, expert-led and science-based” investigation into the origins of COVID-19, including, as recommended by the experts’ report, in China.
In the Carbis Bay statement, G7 leaders said, âStrengthen transparency and accountability, including reiterating our commitment to full implementation and improved compliance with the International Health Regulations 2005. This includes investigation, reporting and response to outbreaks of unknown origin. We also call for a timely, transparent, expert-led, science-based, WHO-convened phase 2 study on the origins of COVID-19, including, as recommended by the experts’ report, in China. .
After the conclusion of the G7 meeting in the UK, US President Joe Biden on Sunday called on China to act more responsibly in terms of international human rights standards and transparency regarding the origins of COVID- 19.
Speaking to reporters, Biden said, “I think China needs to start acting more responsibly in terms of international human rights standards and transparency. Transparency is important at all levels.”
The theory of laboratory leaks has recently become the subject of new public debate after several prominent scientists called for a full investigation into the origins of the virus.
The hypothesis of an accidental leak of the virus from the laboratory was largely ignored by scientists at the start of the coronavirus epidemic. China has repeatedly denied that the lab was responsible for the outbreak.
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