The Chinese Foreign Ministry has claimed that the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that there is no evidence the covid-19 virus was created in a laboratory.
The origins of the virus, which has now infected more than two million people worldwide, has been the subject of numerous rumors and speculation with some saying it started from a “leak” in a Wuhan lab.
These claims have gained traction with many high-profile names adding weight to the laboratory theory including United States President, Donald Trump, who said the American Government is trying to determine whether the coronavirus emanated from a lab in Wuhan.
However, China has fiercely rejected this theory and been proactive in shooting down any negative media regarding the virus. This includes a rebuke to an editorial criticizing their handling of the virus written by the Bangkok Post.
There has also been a viral “war” on social media between Chinese nationalists and Thai citizens combined with citizens of Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Regardless, the Chinese remain adamant that the virus did not originate in a lab. The Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, told reporters that WHO officials have “said multiple times there is no evidence the new coronavirus was created in a laboratory.”
However, the international community remains skeptical and only time and research will reveal the truth behind the origins of the virus.