Boris Johnson said anybody sensible would keep an open mind about the source of the coronavirus outbreak but the United Kingdom doesn’t currently believe the so-called laboratory leak theory.
Boris Johnson told a press conference at the end of the G7 summit in Cornwall that at the moment, the advice they have had is that it doesn’t look as though this particular disease of zoonotic origin came from a laboratory and that anybody sensible would want to keep an open mind about that.
His comments came after Dominic Raab mimicked a comparable opinion over the suggestion that COVID 19 may have emerged from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The Foreign Secretary said on the balance of probabilities Britain is of the view that the virus didn’t start in a laboratory.
He said the Government believes it’s much more likely that coronavirus shifted from animals to humans, but he said officials at the G7 summit have been comparing notes on the subject and the world doesn’t yet have all of the answers about how the pandemic started.
The head of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the possibility that the pandemic was triggered by a laboratory leak was established at the G7 and they talked about the origins.
A WHO inquiry into the source of the pandemic hasn’t ruled out any theory behind the outbreak, and a team of experts from the WHO and China said in February that the virus was extremely unlikely to have entered the human population as a consequence of a laboratory related incident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
But the WHO has said all hypotheses remain on the table and want to carry out the second stage of its work, while US President Joe Biden has requested an inquiry into the origins, including the leak theory.
Asked if he’d been involved in G7 discussions about the laboratory leak theory, Dominic Raab told Sky News that he hadn’t personally but of course it’s created part of the backdrop and officials have been comparing notes on this and that if they were questioning him whether they believed on the balance of probabilities, that it started in a laboratory, their best information, for now, was that it didn’t.
But he said that they didn’t have all of the answers, that was why internationally they wanted the review to be able to go into to get all of the answers, to have all the cooperation, so they have a complete understanding rather than those potential, possible, plausible possibilities.
But laboratory leak or not, China is guilty of playing with nature and hasn’t even the courage to apologise to the rest of the world and to add insult to injury, we even import some masks produced in China.
At the end of the day, we don’t need to prove it came from a laboratory, China needs to prove it didn’t because their secrecy and behaviour during the initial stages of the outbreak seem to be the most incriminating evidence.
And if China had evidence that COVID 19 jumped from animals to humans they would be yelling it from the rooftops. The fact that there’s not one piece of proof of this speaks volumes, and let’s face it, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, flies like a duck, swims like a duck, looks like a duck, it’s a duck.