The investigative skills of the World Health Organization team into the origins of the Covid epidemic in China unfortunately are more akin to the abilities of the Keystone Cops than to the elite detectives of the television CSIs. .
Initially, after being carefully guided around Wuhan by Chinese government officials, they said a lab leak was “extremely unlikely” and would not be investigated further.
Also worryingly, some members of the original investigative team are among the West’s most ardent friends with China.
One of the members, Peter Daszak, is a former business partner of the Wuhan Institute of Virology and has worked for years with its bat-transmitted coronavirus expert Dr Shi Zhengli.
Not that Mr. Daszak thought there was anything dangerous about what they were doing in such research.
Last year, he spent months ridiculing as conspiracy theorists those asking legitimate questions about the Wuhan lab’s potential role in the origins of Covid.
He organized a letter to a scientific journal claiming that scientists had yet to accept any explanation as possible.
For the Beijing regime, any idea of questioning its official account or any suggestion that its laboratory security protocols warrant close scrutiny is not only unreasonable but insulting (Photo: President Xi Jingping)
Several theories have accused the Wuhan laboratory in China (pictured) of accidentally disclosing the Covid-19 virus
Security guards keep media at bay outside Wuhan Institute of Virology in China
In view of this lobbying – and, perhaps, I suggest, in an effort to appease the Chinese – he was appointed to the WHO investigative team.
The big question remains: is the Chinese Communist Party hiding something?
If Covid-19 was truly the result of the transmission of a virus from animals to humans, any responsible government would certainly support an urgent investigation to examine all available evidence. But no.
Instead, the deputy head of China’s National Health Commission said he was “shocked” that any investigation should look into whether anyone in his country had violated laboratory procedures, “causing a leak of virus “.
For the Beijing regime, any idea of questioning its official narrative or any suggestion that its laboratory security protocols warrant close scrutiny is not only unreasonable but insulting.
This is not the first time that Chinese authorities have blocked even cursory WHO examinations.
It is now clear that they were aware of the human-to-human transfer of Covid as early as November 2019, and that Beijing spent the latter part of the following month cracking down on scientists who attempted to warn of this fact and the dangerous nature of Covid.
When China finally alerted the WHO in late December, it said it was just a small flu epidemic.
For its part, and equally irresponsible, the WHO initially refused to declare an international public health emergency two days before 56 million people in Hubei province were taken into custody.
Surprisingly, it was not until March 11 that the WHO declared a global pandemic.
Scientists at work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (file photo) in China
While China has insisted the virus originated elsewhere, some academics, politicians and media have considered the possibility of it escaping the Wuhan lab, raising suspicions that Chinese authorities were simply hiding evidence. evidence of early spread.
During the delay, the virus had spread around the world. WHO’s poodle-like participation in the Great Covid Cover-Up in China continued.
When his team of investigators was finally allowed to travel to Wuhan – repeatedly failing to receive the necessary visas and permits – they were deceived by an inaccurate assessment of the first victims of Covid.
Indeed, the information provided to the WHO team has now been completely discredited by journalists, and the Chinese themselves have admitted that it was inaccurate.
And yet the gullible WHO went away, having accepted the Chinese version of events.
A very revealing comment on this sad situation came recently from Liang Wannian, head of the Chinese experts of the WHO-China team, who said: “Just to protect the privacy of patients, we have not agreed to provide original data, nor have we allowed them to copy it or take pictures. ‘
He also said that “the international experts also understood it perfectly”.
Based on its wholly unsatisfactory track record, it seems increasingly clear that any meaningful attempt by the WHO to determine the origins of Covid will be blocked again and again.
As such – without the freedom to determine what evidence it sees or what hypotheses it might explore, or where it can visit – it’s a perversion of the word “investigation.”
Instead, we are witnessing an exercise that has helped China further blur the lines of its guilt.
Unsurprisingly, US President Joe Biden has, in fact, given up on the WHO investigation and called on the US intelligence community to deliver its own verdict.
Unfortunately, the British government remains silent on China’s responsibility in this global debacle.
The point is, ministers have decided to appease Beijing – refusing to impose import controls on Chinese products believed to have been made using slaves.
I’m sorry to say this, but I think, like many others, that this is a policy of appeasement – the kind that in the 1930s cost the world dearly in human terms. .
Governments around the world – many media outlets as well, with the notable exception of this newspaper – seem to have given up on trying to get the truth about Covid and understand how our world has been turned upside down.
I am surprised, for example, at how little BBC News reported on the subject.
If the cause of this tragedy had been the responsibility of another nation, I bet hardly a day has passed without the perpetrator being held to account.
Furthermore, it was very wrong that when Australia bravely called for an investigation, China retaliated by imposing punitive sanctions on its wine and barley exports – and most other governments did not support it. Australia.
Meanwhile, independent research continues into the origins of the virus. A study from the University of Southampton found that had authorities in Wuhan intervened earlier, the number of cases could have been reduced by up to 95%.
As millions continue to mourn those who have died, it is fair to ask: why do the WHO, other global institutions and governments continue to bow down to China, a secret and repressive regime that violates all of them? decent standards of behavior?
A regime that commits genocide against its own people, suppresses freedom of speech, human rights and the rule of law, and now conceals its own guilt for the deaths of so many beyond its own borders ?