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In a speech today, Swedish MEP Charlie Weimers demanded responses from the bloc regarding its funding for a lab that has been accused of being the epicenter of the outbreak. In a furious speech, the MEP called on the bloc to create a special committee to examine the origins of COVID-19 and whether EU taxpayers’ money has helped research into the virus. Speaking to the European Parliament today, Mr Weimers said: “The EU has funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“The goal, the European Virus Archive.
“These European funds could have contributed to research that could be at the origin of COVID-19. “

According to documents consulted by Express.co.uk, provided by the MEP, the EU provided € 161,811 (£ 138,121) to the Wuhan laboratory via the Horizon Europe fund between 2015 and 2020.

In light of the taxpayer money sent to the institute, Mr Weimers added: ‘This is why the Commission should set up a special committee to examine the origins of COVID-19 and whether EU funds have contributed or allowed obtaining functional research. “

Gain-of-function research is concerned with modifying a biological agent so that it confers new or improved activity on that agent.

An article published in the Journal of Virology in 2006, revealed that Shi Zhengli, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, was involved in this research, especially with coronaviruses, reports the Times.

As the UK was part of the EU at that time, UK taxpayers’ money would have contributed.

The Wuhan laboratory has been at the heart of the claims that the virus emanated from it.

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“If China doesn’t provide access to certain datasets, you’ll never really know. “

The theory is based on the presence of the main biological research center – China’s first biosafety level 4 laboratory – just 40 minutes from the Hunan wet market where some of the first clusters of infection have been reported.

Reports from US intelligence across the Atlantic also claimed that three researchers from the institute were treated in hospital in November 2019.

A team from the World Health Organization (WHO) visited Wuhan earlier this year.

They spent 12 days investigating the allegations, but concluded the theory was unlikely.

Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s health emergency program, however, said all theories remain under investigation.

He said: “The current situation is that all assumptions regarding the origins of the virus are still on the table.

“Some are more likely than others based on current analysis, but all of these assumptions require further elucidation and investigation and we will go and see where all these leads lead WHO. “

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