Scientists Issue Open Letter Claiming Incorrect And Contradictory Details In WHO Origins Report Used To Downplay Lab Leak Theory

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Two staff work in the pop-up Huoyan Laboratory specialized in the nucleic acid test on 2019-nCoV in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 06, 2020, the first day of its operation. The P2-level biosafety lab was built in five days, designed to perform 10,000 2019-nCoV tests per day, to cope with the coronavirus outbreak. (FeatureChina via AP Images)
Andrew Kerr Investigative Reporter A group of 24 scientists issued an open letter Wednesday highlighting incorrect, disputed, contradictory and imprecise statements in the World Health Organization's COVID origins report used to downplay the lab leak theory. The scientists aid a new investigation is needed that includes a thorough examination into the possibility that COVID-19 could have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China. The WHO's report "failed to reach some of the most basic standards of credible analysis and assessment," the open letter stated. A group of 24 scientists issued an open letter Wednesday demanding a full investigation into the origins of COVID-19 that includes a thorough examination into the possibility the virus could have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China.
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