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Politicians and scientists from around the world have grown increasingly frustrated by China’s efforts to deflect an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, especially the possibility that it leaked from a Wuhan laboratory.(REUTERS)

US confirms removal of Wuhan coronavirus sequences from database

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2021 09:15 AM IST
The data, first submitted to the US-based Sequence Read Archive in March 2020, were “requested to be withdrawn” by the same researcher three months later in June, the US National Institutes of Health said in a statement Wednesday.
Security personnel outside Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. (Reuters)
Security personnel outside Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. (Reuters)

Covid-19 origins: Here's why the Wuhan 'lab leak' theory is back in news

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2021 01:54 PM IST
However, some new developments put forward by media outlets in the US—White House-led investigation efforts and statements by President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci—have brought the idea back into consideration.
Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology.(Reuters)
Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology.(Reuters)

Covid-19: Chinese virologist says Fauci emails prove her Wuhan lab leak claims

ANI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2021 03:55 PM IST
A trove of Fauci's emails covering the onset of the coronavirus outbreak was released this week to media under a freedom of information request.
The video titled ‘Youth In the Wild - Invisible Defender’ shows researchers scaling cavern walls in search of unknown viruses.(YouTube screengrab)
The video titled ‘Youth In the Wild - Invisible Defender’ shows researchers scaling cavern walls in search of unknown viruses.(YouTube screengrab)

Covid origin: What do we know about Wuhan CDC expedition in search of viruses?

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2021 09:52 PM IST
  • In December 2019, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV aired a video, titled ‘Youth In the Wild - Invisible Defender’, which showed researchers scaling cavern walls in search of unknown viruses.
Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has called on China to release the medical records of nine Wuhan lab workers.(Bloomberg)
Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has called on China to release the medical records of nine Wuhan lab workers.(Bloomberg)

Anthony Fauci calls on China to release medical records of Wuhan lab workers

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2021 09:42 AM IST
Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has called on China to release the medical records of nine people whose ailments might provide vital clues into whether COVID-19 first emerged as the result of a lab leak, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has an opportunity to meet his US counterpart, Joe Biden, at the Group of 20 summit in October.(AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping has an opportunity to meet his US counterpart, Joe Biden, at the Group of 20 summit in October.(AP)

Wuhan lab leak theory’s revival risks making US-China relations worse

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2021 05:58 PM IST
The origin probe comes at a sensitive time in US-China relations, with both governments showing signs they want to move beyond the vitriol that marked the last year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
A health worker inoculates a woman with a dose of the Covishield vaccine at a civil hospital in Jind in Haryana. (AFP)
A health worker inoculates a woman with a dose of the Covishield vaccine at a civil hospital in Jind in Haryana. (AFP)

News updates from HT: 238 million doses per month needed to meet vaccine goal

PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2021 08:52 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
A medical worker collects a swab from a resident during a mass testing for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at a makeshift testing site at a stadium in Guangzhou, China.(via REUTERS)
A medical worker collects a swab from a resident during a mass testing for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at a makeshift testing site at a stadium in Guangzhou, China.(via REUTERS)

China feels Covid heat as study backs lab theory

Agencies | , London, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2021 02:35 AM IST
  • Scientists tried to reverse-engineer the virus to make it appear natural, says a new research.
Information to support the theory that the SARS-CoV-2 virus may have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, has increased, said Scott Gottlieb, a commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in the Trump administration.(Reuters file photo)
Information to support the theory that the SARS-CoV-2 virus may have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, has increased, said Scott Gottlieb, a commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in the Trump administration.(Reuters file photo)

Find Covid-19 origin or face another pandemic, US experts warn

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 11:14 PM IST
Not knowing how the pandemic started puts the world at risk of future outbreaks, Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development said.
The British spies are now reportedly investigating the theory of a possible leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.(Reuters)
The British spies are now reportedly investigating the theory of a possible leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.(Reuters)

British spies believe Wuhan Covid lab leak theory is ‘feasible’: Report

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 05:27 PM IST
  • The hypothesis of the introduction of Covid-19 through a laboratory incident had gained a lot of traction in the early days of the pandemic but was largely dismissed as a conspiracy theory.
The report says Patient Su lived very close to where several bat-related research was taking place in Wuhan. (AFP)
The report says Patient Su lived very close to where several bat-related research was taking place in Wuhan. (AFP)

Is Wuhan's 'Patient Su' Covid's patient zero? Report reveals virus' new timeline

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 01:30 PM IST
'Patient Su' fell ill in September 2019 and was treated at Rongjun Hospital in Wuhan. The patient did not undergo nucleic testing and later died.
Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Hubei province, China.(Reuters / File)
Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Hubei province, China.(Reuters / File)

Covid-19 has no ‘credible natural ancestor’, created in lab, new study claims

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 08:49 PM IST
  • The study reportedly claimed that the Chinese scientists also tried to cover their tracks by reverse-engineering the viruses to make it look like they naturally arose from bats.
Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology. (File Photo)(REUTERS)
Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology. (File Photo)(REUTERS)

WIV's role in pandemic is first step to make China accountable

PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2021 11:14 AM IST
The circumstantial evidence all points towards the Wuhan Institute of Virology being at the epicentre of the SARS-CoV-2 virus playing havoc with the world. China must open WIV for investigation by independent experts with no agenda.
As the WHO prepares to begin a second phase of studies into the origins of Covid-19, China has been under pressure to give investigators more access amid allegations that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from a laboratory specialising in coronavirus research in the city of Wuhan.(AP)
As the WHO prepares to begin a second phase of studies into the origins of Covid-19, China has been under pressure to give investigators more access amid allegations that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from a laboratory specialising in coronavirus research in the city of Wuhan.(AP)

Politicising Covid-19 origins hampers investigations: Chinese embassy in US

Reuters | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Shanghai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 10:45 AM IST
The embassy in Washington said in a statement on its website on Wednesday evening "some political forces have been fixated on political manipulation and (the) blame game".
US President Joe Biden said the majority of the intelligence community had “coalesced” around those two likely scenarios.(Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden said the majority of the intelligence community had “coalesced” around those two likely scenarios.(Bloomberg)

Biden asks US intel officials to investigate Covid-19 origin amid Wuhan lab row

AP | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2021 10:58 PM IST
  • The Biden administration is responding both to domestic and geopolitical concerns about putting pressure on China to be transparent about the outbreak.
This photo taken on February 3, 2021 shows the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China's central Hubei province.(AFP File Photo)
This photo taken on February 3, 2021 shows the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China's central Hubei province.(AFP File Photo)

At WHA talk-shop, countries mull WHO reforms and rebuilding post-Covid world

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2021 02:16 PM IST
Representatives of 40 countries spoke at the World Health Assembly, but there was hardly a word on the raging global debate on the possible origins of the pandemic in Wuhan, or on the conduct of WHO in alerting the world about the Covid-19 infection.
State media said one person died and 21 were injured in another tornado in Jiangsu province.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
State media said one person died and 21 were injured in another tornado in Jiangsu province.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

Two tornadoes kill at least 7 in China; over 200 injured

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2021 05:56 AM IST
China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that the tornado hit Wuhan at about 8:40 p.m. It toppled construction site sheds and snapped several trees, Xinhua said, citing a local government.
China has been criticised by the US and other countries for covering up the outbreak’s severity in its early days(AFP)
China has been criticised by the US and other countries for covering up the outbreak’s severity in its early days(AFP)

China sets up new health body after botched early Covid response

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2021 04:11 PM IST
  • While no further detail was given, the new bureau will be headed by a long-time health official Wang Hesheng, who had been tasked to take over the crisis in Wuhan in early 2020 after the officials there were sacked.
The signatories proposed specific steps on what any new probe should take into account.(Reuters representative image)
The signatories proposed specific steps on what any new probe should take into account.(Reuters representative image)

WHO should look beyond animals on Covid-19 origin, scientists say

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 02:27 PM IST
The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first Covid-19 outbreak was identified, is home to a high-security virus lab, and that proximity has prompted former U.S. President Donald Trump and others to speculate on the possibility of a leak.
The original strain of coronavirus was detected in China’s Wuhan province in December 2019.(AP)
The original strain of coronavirus was detected in China’s Wuhan province in December 2019.(AP)

China to build bio labs amid questions over Wuhan lab’s role in Covid origin

PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Beijing
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 07:08 AM IST
The novel coronavirus emerged at China’s central Wuhan city in December 2019 and became a pandemic, upending life across the globe.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 27, 2020 an aerial view shows residential and commercial buildings of Wuhan in China's central Hubei province, amid a deadly virus outbreak which began in the city. - An international expert mission to Wuhan has concluded that it was very likely that Covid first passed to humans from a bat through an intermediary animal, while all but ruling out a lab incident. The experts said that the intermediary host hypothesis was deemed "likely to very likely", while the theory that the virus escaped from a laboratory was seen as "extremely unlikely", according to the final version of the long-awaited report, of which AFP obtained a copy on March 29, 2021 before the official release. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)(AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 27, 2020 an aerial view shows residential and commercial buildings of Wuhan in China's central Hubei province, amid a deadly virus outbreak which began in the city. - An international expert mission to Wuhan has concluded that it was very likely that Covid first passed to humans from a bat through an intermediary animal, while all but ruling out a lab incident. The experts said that the intermediary host hypothesis was deemed "likely to very likely", while the theory that the virus escaped from a laboratory was seen as "extremely unlikely", according to the final version of the long-awaited report, of which AFP obtained a copy on March 29, 2021 before the official release. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)(AFP)

China under pressure after WHO chief revives lab leak theory

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 03:44 PM IST
A report by WHO and Chinese experts released on Tuesday had judged the lab-leak hypothesis highly unlikely, saying the virus behind Covid-19 had probably jumped from bats to humans via an intermediary animal.
A view of the P4 lab inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China's Hubei province. (AP)
A view of the P4 lab inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China's Hubei province. (AP)

Covid origin study found lab leak ‘extremely unlikely': Report

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2021 12:47 PM IST
The scientists proposed further research in every area except the lab leak hypothesis, the AP reported Monday, citing a draft copy of the report, which it said left many questions unanswered.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken removes his mask as gives a press briefing at the end of a NATO Foreign Ministers' meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2021. (Reuters)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken removes his mask as gives a press briefing at the end of a NATO Foreign Ministers' meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2021. (Reuters)

US officials suspect China's hand in writing WHO Covid-19 origin report

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2021 06:15 AM IST
Top Biden administration officials on Sunday expressed concern about the way a pivotal report examining the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic was crafted, including the possibility that the Chinese government had a hand in writing it.
Scientists blame this sturdier protein for faster spread of some Covid variants(Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash)
Scientists blame this sturdier protein for faster spread of some Covid variants(Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash)

Scientists blame this sturdier protein for faster spread of some Covid variants

PTI |
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2021 06:29 PM IST
A new study has claimed that spike protein of coronavirus is more stable in faster spreading versions of the virus, such as the ones first reported in the UK and South Africa, as compared to the original form of the pathogen from China's Wuhan
The outbreak of Covid-19 was linked to a wildlife market in central China prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade and consumption of exotic species. In this file picture from 2020, snakes and other items seized by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad from a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife are seen in Anji city in eastern China's Zhejiang Province.(AP)
The outbreak of Covid-19 was linked to a wildlife market in central China prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade and consumption of exotic species. In this file picture from 2020, snakes and other items seized by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad from a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife are seen in Anji city in eastern China's Zhejiang Province.(AP)

China's thriving wildlife trade could've led to Covid-19 pandemic

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 05:11 AM IST
Scientists tracing the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic believe they’ve identified a possible transmission source: China’s thriving wildlife trade.
Workers wearing protective suits arrive at the locked-down part of the Sai Ying Pun area to contain a new outbreak of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Hong Kong, China.(Reuters file photo)
Workers wearing protective suits arrive at the locked-down part of the Sai Ying Pun area to contain a new outbreak of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Hong Kong, China.(Reuters file photo)

Covid-19 circulated undetected months before first cases in China: Report

PTI | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 02:31 PM IST
The research, published in the journal Science, used molecular dating tools and epidemiological simulations to date the emergence of the virus to as early as October 2019.
In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 file photo, Marion Koopmans of the World Health Organization team speaks during a joint press conference held at the end of the WHO mission in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, file)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 file photo, Marion Koopmans of the World Health Organization team speaks during a joint press conference held at the end of the WHO mission in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, file)

No evidence of Covid-19 leak from Wuhan lab, say WHO scientists

Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 12:21 PM IST
The experts said that they found a 'link' between the wet market in Wuhan, where people first fell ill, and neighbouring regions in South China where bats were found with viruses.
It typically takes many years to pinpoint the animal reservoir of outbreaks.(File photo)
It typically takes many years to pinpoint the animal reservoir of outbreaks.(File photo)

Origins of coronavirus pandemic could be known in few years: Experts

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 07:53 AM IST
Marion Koopmans, who was also on the WHO-led team, said they considered numerous hypotheses for how the pandemic might have started, including the possibility of a laboratory accident.
At a press briefing to mark the end of the WHO visit to Wuhan, mission head Peter Ben Embarek appeared to rule out the possibility that the virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)(AP)
At a press briefing to mark the end of the WHO visit to Wuhan, mission head Peter Ben Embarek appeared to rule out the possibility that the virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)(AP)

World no closer to answer on Covid-19 origins despite WHO probe: Expert

Reuters | , Shanghai
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 03:52 PM IST
  • In January, a team of scientists picked by the World Health Organization visited hospitals and research institutes in Wuhan, in search of clues about the origins of Covid-19.
Last month, the US had issued a statement saying, "Despite the WIV presenting itself as a civilian institution, the United States has determined that the WIV has collaborated on publications and secret projects with China's military."(AFP)
Last month, the US had issued a statement saying, "Despite the WIV presenting itself as a civilian institution, the United States has determined that the WIV has collaborated on publications and secret projects with China's military."(AFP)

Covid-19 coverup, secret experiments in Wuhan by PLA: Fmr US Security Advisor

ANI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 02:11 PM IST
He further said that there is "good reason to believe" that an outbreak of a "flu-like illness" had occurred among the scientists in the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in the fall of 2019.
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