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PCR kit purchases could indicate COVID began in Wuhan as early as May 2019

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Newly obtained data on purchases of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which are used to screen for infectious diseases, show a dramatic spike in demand in Wuhan start...

Leaked DARPA docs reveal plans for risky research with Wuhan lab

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Leaked documents from a scuttled research grant proposal calling for collaboration between labs in Wuhan and the U.S. military are raising concerns about the dangerous nat...

Biden comments on 90-day intelligence report into COVID-⁠19 origins

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Although there was no definitive conclusion to the investigation of COVID-19's origins by the U.S. intelligence community, U.S. President Joe Biden said efforts to und...

WHO chief inspector says 'likely' patient zero was Wuhan lab researcher

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The team leader of the World Health Organization (WHO) probe into the origins of COVID-19 has told a Danish TV station it is "likely" that patient zero was a sta...

The Latest: SKorea to extend distancing rules in Seoul area

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea says it’ll extend the toughest distancing rules imposed on the greater Seoul area for another two weeks, as it’s battling its worst coronavirus outbreak. ...

China rejects WHO plan for study of COVID-19 origin

BEIJING (Reuters) - China rejected on Thursday a World Health Organization (WHO) plan for a second phase of an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which includes the hypothesis it could ...

China rebuffs WHO's terms for further COVID-19 origins study

BEIJING (AP) — China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday. ...

Biden orders review of COVID origins as lab leak theory debated

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden ordered aides to determine the origin of the virus that causes COVID-19, saying on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies are pursuing rival theories poten...

Senate, House intelligence committees also probing COVID-19 origins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees are conducting their own investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 virus and how the U.S. government r...

Wuhan lab staff sought hospital care before COVID-19 outbreak disclosed - WSJ

Three researchers from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) sought hospital care in November 2019, months before China disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sun...

The Latest: Japan wants further probe into COVID-19 origins

TOKYO — Japan is calling for further investigation into the origins of COVID-19, saying the WHO report released this week was based on work that faced delays and lacked access to essential virus sampl...

Data withheld from WHO team probing COVID-19 origins in China - Tedros

GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) - Data was withheld from World Health Organization investigators who traveled to China to research the origins of the coronavirus epidemic, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom ...

Former CDC chief Redfield says he thinks COVID-19 originated in a Chinese lab

(Reuters) - The former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said he believes the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 likely escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, embracing ...

WHO inspector's denial of bats in Wuhan lab contradicted by facts

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Researchers have uncovered accounts from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) scientists and applications for patents for bat breeding that refute World Health Organizati...

WHO inspector has conflict of interest in Wuhan COVID probe: Prominent biologist

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A prominent molecular biologist at Rutgers University claims that a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan has a...