China Attacks W.H.O.’s Tedros for ‘Appeasing Washington’ with Call to Probe Lab Leak

- BREITBART - Mar, 31, 2021 -



An editorial in the Chinese government-run propaganda publication Global Times condemned World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday after Tedros urged a more thorough investigation into the theory the Chinese coronavirus escaped from a laboratory.

Tedros did not name a specific laboratory but made the remark at an event to mark the publication of the final W.H.O. report on the agency’s investigation into the origin of the Chinese coronavirus in Wuhan, central China, where the virus originated. The report addressed the potential of the virus having infected human populations after escaping the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), a facility known to have been studying bat coronaviruses at the time of the onset of the current pandemic. The report concluded a leak was “highly unlikely” and did not address a deliberate release.

Tedros, in remarks to the press, called the W.H.O. report’s investigation into the hypothesis insufficient.

In its editorial, the Global Times claimed that Tedros had succumbed to alleged pressure from the United States and made comments “appeasing Washington.” Tedros received support from the Chinese Communist Party in his quest to run the global health agency, despite not being a medical doctor, in 2017 and has repeatedly fielded accusations of being biased in Beijing’s favor. Beijing had previously supported his efforts against the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, which included administrative decisions such as repeating false Chinese government claims that the virus could not spread from person to person.

“W.H.O. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus apparently has suffered the greatest pressure [from the United States],” the Times speculated. “He said during the Tuesday press conference that although ‘a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis, this requires further investigation.’ … He was appeasing Washington.”

“The U.S. has forced the leader of this international organization to be politically sensitive and walk a tightrope between science and politics,” the propaganda newspaper claimed.

The Global Times went on to claim “the U.S. has been doing the worst job in the global pandemic fight” and has “long concluded that the coronavirus was leaked from a virus laboratory in Wuhan,” and so dismissed the W.H.O.’s conclusions on the matter. The U.S. government has not stated a formal position that the Chinese coronavirus originated in the WIV, but former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did state publicly on multiple occasions that enough evidence exists that the theory should receive proper consideration.

The Global Times also defended the outsized influence that Communist Party-approved alleged scientists had in the Wuhan investigation, overseeing the international experts visiting the country and limiting their access to pivotal raw data, according to Tedros.

“Without the help of Chinese experts to provide clues and raw data, foreign experts, even if they are of a high caliber, won’t know what to do,” the Times claimed. “It is ridiculous that the U.S. asks W.H.O. to trace the origins of the virus like how Sherlock Holmes might do, as if it is in a detective story.”


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