The US should play a bigger role in getting to the bottom of the theory Covid-19 Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow of the Atlantic Council, told CNBC on Monday that it was leaked for the first time from a virology lab in Wuhan, China.
“Right now the World Health Assembly is meeting and the United States should do everything possible with our allies to request a full investigation into the origin of Covid with full access to all records, samples and staff in China and beyond,” Metzl said a former national security officer in the Clinton administration “The news with Shepard Smith.”
“If China wants to turn its nose to the rest of the world after more than 3 million deaths, let them make that statement,” he said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said monday Establishing the origin of Covid-19 depends on an international investigation by the World Health Organization, and the US cannot conduct its own investigation.
Metzl organized a group of scientists and academics last year to call for a deeper investigation into the origins of Covid. He told host Shepard Smith that it was “critically important” to find answers to the causes of the pandemic, because if we do not, everyone would be “unnecessarily at risk”.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
A previously unpublished US intelligence report found that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were seeking hospital care for a disease “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illnesses.” The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, quoted from the report.
The World Health Organization has said the virus repeatedly most likely jumped from bats to humans by another animal. It has described the theory that the virus leaked from a laboratory as “extremely unlikely” but has not ruled it out. Metzl said he thought the theory was a “likely hypothesis”.
“Why should there be a bat coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan and not in southern China where the horseshoe bats are? And what we know they are in Wuhan is China’s only level 4 virology institute with the largest in the world Collection of bats coronaviruses that did aggressive research to make these pathogens more dangerous, “Metzl said.