Dr. Peter Embarek, lead scientist on the WHO’s Wuhan probe admits that COVID may have emanated from the lab, despite dismissing the idea earlier. Rachel Bunyan reports in the Daily Mail:
The world’s first Covid-19 patient may have been infected by a bat while working for a Wuhan lab in China, a World Health Organization chief has admitted.
Dr Peter Embarek, who led the WHO probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in China, made the shocking claim despite initially dismissing the notion that the virus escaped from a lab as extremely unlikely.
Now, Embarek has admitted that the lab leak theory could have happened, suggesting that a Chinese researcher could have been infected by a bat while taking samples in connection with research at a Wuhan lab.
Embarek told Denmark’s television station TV2: ‘An employee who was infected in the field by taking samples falls under one of the probable hypotheses.
‘This is where the virus jumps directly from a bat to a human.’
He explained: ‘In that case, it would then be a laboratory worker instead of a random villager or other person who has regular contact with bats. So it is actually in the probable category.’
The Danish scientist stressed that the WHO investigators found no direct evidence of this.
But China have long been accused at home and abroad of covering up the initial outbreak and concealing information when it first emerged in Wuhan in December 2019.
Dr Embarek’s comments are a marked reversal on those he made while still in China on the fact-finding mission when he called on scientists to stop investigating the possibility the virus escaped from a lab.
He also initially insisted there is no evidence of transmission ‘in Wuhan or elsewhere’ before December 2019.
But a week later he backtracked and said his team had discovered there were at least 13 Covid variants in Wuhan in December, suggesting the virus had been in development for some time to allow these different strains to develop.
He also revealed that up to 1,000 people in Wuhan could have been infected in early December – an estimate based on Chinese data that showed 174 severe cases of the disease.
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