Covid-19: Did the pandemic start in a Wuhan lab? – BBC Newsnight

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

More than 18 months on from the start of the pandemic, the claim Covid-19 may have leaked from a Chinese laboratory is gaining traction. Why are the origins of Covid-19 still a mystery? Please subscribe HERE

After the virus was first detected in China, authorities linked early Covid cases to a seafood market in Wuhan, leading scientists to theorise the virus first passed to humans from animals.

But in recent weeks the controversial claim that the pandemic might have leaked from a Chinese laboratory – once dismissed by many as a fringe conspiracy theory – has been gaining traction.

Now, US President Joe Biden has announced an urgent investigation that will look into the theory as a possible origin of the disease.

So what do we know about the competing theories – and why does the debate matter?

Newsnight’s Mark Urban reports.

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24 comments

Francis Major June 10, 2021 - 7:48 AM

That's why COVID-19 should be aptly renamed 🇨🇳Wuhan Virus🇨🇳

Vincent Wong June 10, 2021 - 7:48 AM

I am sure China will open everything of America opens up fort Detrick and why it was shut down in July 2019.

Gan Boon Meng June 10, 2021 - 7:48 AM

It hv been confirmed covid was manufactured in the Asses of US politicians..and their uk counterparts..leaked through their facks….and BBC was tasked with fabrication of the holy truths…

Nurse Terra June 10, 2021 - 7:52 AM

Of course it freaking did 😡 they should be held liable.

Samurai X June 10, 2021 - 7:52 AM

The missing link can be found in Unit 731, Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Brian Nave June 10, 2021 - 7:54 AM

If Fauci were a Republican, the FBI SWAT TEAMS would have already raided his home at 2 AM with automatic weapons drawn, seized his computers and frog-marched him to solitary confinement without possibility of bail.

Fraggle Poop June 10, 2021 - 7:55 AM

The idea that ivermectin could end this pandemic isn't new
The idea that bill gates is a eugenics enthusiast isn't new..
The idea that the BBC is complicit in government propaganda and burying life saving medications that aren't profitable to pharmaceutical companies isn't new 🙄🤦

Aaron Sutton June 10, 2021 - 7:56 AM

Damp squid ,much ado about nothing

Nigel Dowdell June 10, 2021 - 7:57 AM

China has proven yet again that it cannot be relied on for anything, and when something does go wrong the CCP attempt to sweep it under the carpet. Pathetic behaviour for a superpower wannabe.

Daniel Browne June 10, 2021 - 7:58 AM

Ok, but if they did leak it, or if it came from an animal, why tell the public? What are we supposed to do with this information?

rwksasc June 10, 2021 - 7:59 AM

American funding! That’s mass murder.

Omarr Phillips June 10, 2021 - 8:01 AM

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rwksasc June 10, 2021 - 8:02 AM

Who’s more guilty? The assassin or the one who hired the assassin?

Jays A June 10, 2021 - 8:03 AM
Kenz300 x June 10, 2021 - 8:05 AM

Population needs to be in balance with jobs, resources, nature and the environment. The virus is nature fighting back. Humans are crowding out all other species of plants and animals. Men need to be more responsible for their children or get a vasectomy. More people demand more resources. Endless population growth is not sustainable on a finite planet. Having a child that you can not provide for is cruel and irresponsible.

ZhiKang Chen June 10, 2021 - 8:08 AM

From US . that's why China and Iran get hit so hard at beginning.

MR 437 19 Belief Charitable Welfare Trust June 10, 2021 - 8:14 AM

Welcome to the world of the darkest age of ego/false/hypocrisy/illusory/confusion/ inhumanity/evil/satanism.
So be careful common people!
Try to activate your common senses.
Don't accept or believe anything blindly without deep Intelligent investigation.

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Andy Davies June 10, 2021 - 8:14 AM

Dr Fauchi has a lot to answer for – watch this:

– dont forget this idiot stated that gain of function research was worth the risk of a pandemic – I watched the recording of him being questioned and he appeared to be very evasive and less than honest

mauro stocovaz June 10, 2021 - 8:18 AM

WHAT SHAKES OR DISQUIRES THE CONSCIENCE? which was before the COSMOS of the UNIVERSE and the INFINITE ! 09.06.2021 ITALY

Burton Rivera June 10, 2021 - 8:21 AM

Total embarrassment. Everybody who actually has been circulating this and other gossip, like it's really relevant.

John Farmer June 10, 2021 - 8:23 AM

An important piece of info that DRASTIC has found is that the WIV Data base was taken offline on Sept 12, 2019. This contradicts another of Dr. Shi statements, but more importantly if one is to believe that the act of taking down the data bases (16 in all) was part of the conspiracy then this moves the timeline way back. This means the virus had to be already out prior to Sept 12th. It takes 7 days for incubation. Thus, we have a new start date of Sept 5th, though I believe it would have taken the WIV much longer to realize this was a major problem and that the data bases must come down.
This early start date is weird since many have said the genomic history points to a release/emergence of late Oct at the absolute earliest (Dr. Robert Garry) There is also Cambridge study that puts the start date based on genomic history to Nov. So, if the release happened in Nov./Oct., what does the pulling of the data bases on Sept 12th tell us? Premeditation? I know Trump always thought this was all about him, but he is neglecting to recognize the person who gained more than anyone else in the world from this release and that person is Pres. Xi. Before the upcoming fall 2019 National People’s Congress (NPC)—and its advisory body—the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Pres. Xi was in trouble. There were many questions about his handling of US trade tariffs. His ability to run the vibrant Chinese economy was also in question. Let us not forget all the enemies he had gained from his purges. Press Xi was on the ropes. In fact, Premier Li Keqiang, Xi's archrival, was ready to pounce. After the outbreak, Press Xi fortunes have never been more secured. He is still guaranteed to be President for life and his desired position as Chairman is now within reach.

nemeczek67 June 10, 2021 - 8:23 AM

In early 2020 Chinese were too keen to promote the wet-market-as-first-outbreak theory. Less than 300 meters from the market, though, there is a bio-lab in which bats from Hubei had been kept and studied. A preprint of a research paper by mainland China scientists from February 2020, describes the situation in Wuhan at that time and sources of possible lab leaks. Once the Chinese government denied any lab leaks, the paper was retracted but can still be found by googling "Botao Xiao pdf".

Sky Drill June 10, 2021 - 8:23 AM

Fml