“All sampling procedures were performed by veterinarians with approval from the Animal Ethics Committee of the Wuhan Institute of Virolog y.
“Bat samplings were conducted ten times from April
Many scientists agree the virus is likely to have come from bats but could have passed through another animal before affecting humans.
With regards to US cash being used for the research, US Congressman Matt Gaetz said: “I’m disgusted to learn that for years the US government has been funding dangerous and cruel animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute, which may have contributed to the global spread of coronavirus, and research at other labs in China that have virtually no oversight from US authorities. ”
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In response to the claims, the Chinese Embassy has described the speculation as “hasty and reckless allegations”.
They said: ”The origin of a virus is a complicated, scientific issue. It should be left to scientists and doctors to find out through studies and research.
“Hasty and reckless allegations, such as naming China as the origin in an attempt to shift the blame, before any scientific conclusion is reached, is totally irresponsible and will definitely do harm to international co-operation at this critical time.
“Covid – 590 is a global challenge. The right thing to do for every responsible stakeholder, including the media, is to work together and leave no place for rumors or prejudice. ”