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Wuhan whitewash continues: Republicans condemn WHO as 'China's useful idiots' after report dismisses Covid lab leak as 'extremely unlikely' – while Anthony Fauci reveals 'concerns' over probe

 Republicans have condemned the World Health Organization as China's 'useful idiots' after a report on the origins of Covid-19 dismissed the theory that the virus escaped from a lab as 'extremely unlikely'.

The joint WHO-China study said the transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is instead the most likely scenario, according to a draft copy obtained by the Associated Press. 

The findings were largely expected and left many questions unanswered. The team proposed further research in every main theory except the lab leak hypothesis. 


New York Republican Representative Lee Zeldin slammed China for 'covering up to the world the pandemic's origins', while the WHO 'has played along time and again'. 

Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Fauci, President Biden's chief medical adviser, revealed he has 'concerns' over the WHO's controversial fact-finding mission.     

The report's release has been repeatedly delayed, raising questions about whether the Chinese side was trying to skew the conclusions to prevent blame for the pandemic falling on China.   

Critics including ex-President Trump have accused the WHO of parroting Chinese propaganda on the virus since the outbreak was first announced to the world.  

Joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is 'extremely unlikely'

Joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is 'extremely unlikely'

New York Republican Representative Lee Zeldin slammed China for 'covering up to the world the pandemic's origins, while the WHO 'has played along time and again'

New York Republican Representative Lee Zeldin slammed China for 'covering up to the world the pandemic's origins, while the WHO 'has played along time and again'

Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Fauci, who is President Biden's chief medical adviser, revealed he has 'concerns' over the WHO's controversial fact-finding mission

Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Fauci, who is President Biden's chief medical adviser, revealed he has 'concerns' over the WHO's controversial fact-finding mission


The report comes after Peter Daszak, a British-American expert on the WHO mission, accused President Biden of 'trying to look tough on China' after a State Department spokesman questioned whether Beijing had been fully open with the WHO investigation. 

The Biden administration raised concerns last month that Beijing helped to write the report after WHO scientists concluded that Covid did not leak from a Wuhan lab - as US officials have suggested.  

Republican Lee Zeldin today tweeted: 'Since the initial outbreak of Covid-19, the Chinese Communist Party has lied and covered-up to the world the pandemics origins.

'The World Health Organization has played along time and again as the Chinese Communist Party's useful idiots. A thorough and truly independent investigation is long overdue.' 

A World Health Organization official said late last week that he expected the report would be ready for release 'in the next few days.' 

WHO says covid coming from a Wuhan lab is 'extremely unlikely'
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Chinese scientists and officials have been keen to point the finger of blame outside their own borders - variously suggesting that the virus could have originated in Bangladesh, the US, Greece, Australia, India, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia or Serbia

Chinese scientists and officials have been keen to point the finger of blame outside their own borders - variously suggesting that the virus could have originated in Bangladesh, the US, Greece, Australia, India, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia or Serbia  

Meanwhile, Dr Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the US, said there was 'a lot of conjecture' about the report and he said he needs to have a 'close look at it'. 

He told CBS News' Face the Nation: 'I'd like to take a really close look at that. If, in fact, obviously there was a lot of restrictions on the ability of people who went there to really take a look then I'm going to have some considerable concern about that. 

'But let me take a look at the report first.'            

The AP received what appeared to be a near-final version on Monday from a Geneva-based diplomat from a WHO-member country. It wasn't clear whether the report might still be changed prior to its release. 

The diplomat did not want to be identified because they were not authorized to release it ahead of publication.

The researchers listed four scenarios in order of likelihood. They concluded that transmission from an original host animal to an intermediary animal that comes into close contact with humans, before making the leap into people, was likely to very likely. 

They evaluated direct spread from bats to humans as likely, and said that spread through 'cold-chain' food products was possible but not likely.

Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek of a World Health Organization team arrive for a joint press conference at the end of their mission to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan in February

Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek of a World Health Organization team arrive for a joint press conference at the end of their mission to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan in February 

A member of a World Health Organization team is seen wearing protective gear during a field visit to the Hubei Animal Disease Control and Prevention Center for another day of field visit in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province

A member of a World Health Organization team is seen wearing protective gear during a field visit to the Hubei Animal Disease Control and Prevention Center for another day of field visit in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province

Multiple countries have uncovered evidence that the virus was circulating months earlier than originally thought. While Beijing has tried to insist this proves the virus originated elsewhere, most scientists still think China was the origin - raising the prospect that communist officials simply hid evidence of the early spread

Multiple countries have uncovered evidence that the virus was circulating months earlier than originally thought. While Beijing has tried to insist this proves the virus originated elsewhere, most scientists still think China was the origin - raising the prospect that communist officials simply hid evidence of the early spread

The closest relative of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been found in bats, which are known to carry coronaviruses. 

However, the report says that 'the evolutionary distance between these bat viruses and SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to be several decades, suggesting a missing link.'

It said that highly similar viruses have been found in pangolins, but also noted that mink and cats are susceptible to the COVID virus, which suggests they could be carriers.

The report is based largely on a visit by a WHO team of international experts to Wuhan, the Chinese city where COVID-19 was first detected, from mid-January to mid-February.

Peter Ben Embarek, the WHO expert who led the Wuhan mission, said Friday that the report had been finalized and was being fact-checked and translated.

'I expect that in the next few days, that whole process will be completed and we will be able to release it publicly,' he said.

Peter Embarek last month called on scientists to stop investigating the possibility the virus escaped from a lab, a position which WHO director Dr Tedros walked back on - saying 'all options are on the table'.

The WHO findings will be a PR coup for Beijing and leader Xi Jingping (pictured shaking hands with WHO leader Dr Tedros) with diplomats repeatedly jumping on any evidence that the pandemic which has blighted the world did not start in China

The WHO findings will be a PR coup for Beijing and leader Xi Jingping (pictured shaking hands with WHO leader Dr Tedros) with diplomats repeatedly jumping on any evidence that the pandemic which has blighted the world did not start in China

US hopes WHO report on virus origins will be 'based on science'
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Critics have accused the WHO of parroting Chinese propaganda on the virus since the outbreak was first announced to the world, and Dr Embarek's comments only added fuel to the fire. 

The draft report is inconclusive on whether the outbreak started at a Wuhan seafood market that had one of the earliest clusters of cases in December 2019.

The discovery of other cases before the Huanan market outbreak suggests it may have started elsewhere. But the report notes there could have been milder cases that went undetected and that could be a link between the market and earlier cases.

'No firm conclusion therefore about the role of the Huanan market in the origin of the outbreak, or how the infection was introduced into the market, can currently be drawn,' the report says.

As the pandemic spread globally, China found samples of the virus on the packaging of frozen food coming into the country and, in some cases, have tracked localized outbreaks to them.

The report said that the cold chain, as it is known, can be a driver of long-distance virus spread but was skeptical it could have triggered the outbreak. The report says the risk is lower than through human-to-human respiratory infection, and most experts agree.

'While there is some evidence for possible reintroduction of SARS-CoV-2 through handling of imported contaminated frozen products in China since the initial pandemic wave, this would be extraordinary in 2019 where the virus was not widely circulating,' the study said.

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