Beijing, January 4
China on Monday vehemently refuted the US charge that Covid was leaked from a bio lab in the country and asserted that the pandemic was likely to have been caused by separate outbreaks in multiple places in the world.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying’s remarks came amidst reports that a 10-member team of the World Health Organisation (WHO) scientists would visit China this month to probe the virus origin, which emerged in Wuhan.
Beijing is yet to confirm the visit by the WHO team and remained silent about granting permission for it to visit Wuhan city in central China. “I have no information,” Hua said when asked about the visit of the WHO team.
In the UK, scientists are worried that vaccines may not work on the South African Covid variant, reported ITV’s political editor on Monday. He quoted an unidentified scientific adviser to the UK Government. — PTI/Reuters