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Following the outbreak of the deadly virus, Beijing has rejected claims that the deadly virus originated in the Chinese city. They claimed the virus travelled into the country via frozen food imports.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) previously said Beijing’s claims were “possible”, although unlikely.

But now Xi Jinping’s nation is attempting to convince the world that the virus leaked from Fort Detrick, a lab in Wisconsin.

Ambassador Chen Xu, China’s permanent representative to the UN, sent a briefing to the WHO this week calling for a “transparent investigation with full access” into the security labs.

While the briefing does not categorically state the virus was leaked from a US lab, it does say it is a possibility that should not be ignored.

China attempts to convince world Covid leaked from US lab

China attempts to convince world Covid leaked from US lab (Image: Getty)

China attempts to convince world Covid leaked from US lab

China attempts to convince world Covid leaked from US lab (Image: Getty)

The ambassador said: “Fort Detrick, where the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID) is located, is the centre of US bio-military activities and notorious for its illegal, non-transparent and unsafe practices.

“Serious concerns have long been raised by the international community over US activities at Fort Detrick, in particular about USAMRIID, and there are many doubtful points about its connections with COVID-19.”

This is not the first time there have been calls for Fort Detrick to be investigated.

Zhao Lijian, an outspoken Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, previously called for an investigation into Fort Detrick and at least 200 bio labs around the world.

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Wuhan in China first reported cases

Wuhan in China first reported cases (Image: Getty)

He tweeted last August: “Facts about the Wuhan Institute of Virology are open and transparent.

“But much remains unclear about the US’s #FortDetrick and over 200 bio labs in the world.”

Scientists have argued the virus passed to humans from a bat via an intermediary animal such as mink, pangolins, rabbits and ferret badgers.

However, the panel could not reach a conclusion on whether the Huanan seafood market – which was linked to early cases of the virus – was the place where the pandemic was born.

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Coronavirus cases around the world

Coronavirus cases around the world (Image: Express)

But experts have said the origins of the virus feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland and evidence for lab leaks is “fairly flimsy”.

Stuart Neil, a professor of virology at King’s College London, who has been tracking theories about the origins of Covid, said: “It all feels a bit Alice in Wonderland.

“The evidence for lab leaks is circumstantial and fairly flimsy.

“It’s like adding two and two together and getting five.

Wuhan Covid testing site

Wuhan Covid testing site (Image: Getty)

“This letter from China is just a mickey-take, by the sounds of it.

“The whole thing has been poisoned by politics.”

This week, the WHO said all theories on the origins of the outbreak, including laboratory leaks, are “on the table”.

They urged Chinese scientists to carry out their own investigations.

US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden (Image: Getty)

Michael Ryan, the head of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said: “The current situation is that all of the hypotheses regarding the origins of the virus are still on the table

“Some are more likely than others based on the current analysis, but all of those hypotheses require further elucidation and further inquiry and we will go and look where all of those leads take the WHO.”

A US intelligence assessment, ordered by US President Joe Biden 90 days ago, was unable to conclude whether the virus had jumped to humans via animals or was leaked from a Wuhan lab.

Two US officials familiar with the matter told the Washington Post that parts of the report could be declassified in the coming days.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: Getty)

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, criticised Washington for “politicising” the issue of origin-tracing.

He told a press briefing on Wednesday: “The United States says it lacks information from China.

“I can tell the United States that this is just an excuse to cover up the failure of its intelligence in origin tracing.”

He went on to say how the report was political and would not draw any scientific conclusion.

He said it would “only disturb and damage the international effort in finding the origin of the virus and the global cooperation against COVID-19”.

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