@edwardcholmes can be quite straight to the point at times:

One theory that Professor Holmes had no hesitation in dismissing is the Beijing-sponsored claim that the pandemic emerged from America’s Fort Detrick:
“That’s total nonsense.”

Another theory [--] is that the virus travelled to Wuhan on food packaging:

“I don’t believe that either. That’s a way of trying to push it away from China, more political than scientific.“
Where his logic seems to fail, is when he cannot believe that some Chinese scientists could be lying:
Well @edwardcholmes, you basically just acknowledged that China lies about Fort Detrick and about contamination via food packages. So what's the stretch?

Anyway let's look at these miraculous all-negative tests at the WIV when Wuhan urban had a 4.4% positive background rate:
It's either a miracle or a lie. What do you think it is?
Or what about the statement by Shi Zhengli that the main WIV database was taken off after repeated attacks during the pandemic?

It was taken off in September 2019 as validated independently by the South China Morning Post (This Week in Asia) - not exactly Fox News.
And what about that other statement by Shi Zhengli to the joint-mission team (Annex D7 of the report), that:
'all fieldwork is done with full PPE'.
When actually she is on record saying exactly the opposite, and explaining why it is most often done with ordinary precautions instead (latex gloves, little mask, maybe a plastic rain poncho that cost $1 in a corner shop):

That's from a video for those who can understand Mandarin:

Anyway is she lying or just being absent-minded? Quite clear to me.
And remember the Sverdlovsk anthrax leak in the USSR in 1979.

The Russian swore it was all natural contamination of game meat, which contaminated people.

It was all a lie. A LIE.
"In 1988, 9 years after the accident, Soviet officials came to U.S. to give a three-hour talk at the National Academy of Sciences, presenting facts and figures and even slides of gut tissue from autopsies"

Yep, they had done the studies. Just believe them.
And Shi Zhengli too.

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4 May
With Covid-19 China is doing exactly the same stonewalling as it did earlier when asked to provide truthful data on its HIV-AIDS caseload in 2002:

The same stonewalling too as it did in 2003 when it refused to provide any SARS case numbers for months.

China is not in this WHO case count as 15th March 2003 below.
Officially no SARS case reported in China. Go look elsewhere instead.

The same stonewalling it used in 2004 when the promised WHO-China investigation of the bad Beijing lab leaks turned somehow into a China-only investigation.

An investigation which published only brief extracts of its report and covered up two index cases
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2 May
Sir Richard, who was 'C' (MI6 head) from 1999 to 2004, says that the WHO joint study report was a "farcical investigation".
Worth listening to...
and he makes a good point about scientific journals:
Read 5 tweets
1 May
Does someone remember that?

"it seems that Australia, this giant kangaroo that serves as a dog of the US, will hit a deadlock with China on trade disputes in sectors like coal and beef. Hopefully, the US will compensate it!" one netizen said in a Weibo  
A slap to the face to countries like Australia - the most active player in pushing forward a so-called independent probe into China over the coronavirus outbreak, which was then rejected by the international community. Such moves, clearly backed by Washington, are doomed to fail.
So thanks to China's efforts, we got a 'trully independent' enquiry, which promptly pointed to frozen food imports and no case officially recorded in China before 8th Dec 19.

That's the 'immaculate infection', nothing to do with China.

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1 May
We shall see what the US administration recommends at the world Health Assembly, starting on the 25th May.

In the meantime the NIH is expected to answer the request from the Republican Leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Our latest provides some clear reference points for such a proper enquiry: 'Essential Data', 'Essential Questions' and a clear distinction between the possible lab-related accident scenarios.

It also shows the big gaps and flaws in the WHO-China joint-study conclusions on these.
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30 Apr
They did it so quietly that I missed it.
Quite amazing.

But note that NZ does not have the courage to mention the need to keep investigating the lab related accident hypothesis.

The statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade simply does not go as far as Dr Tedros and never mentions that hypothesis!
It's all about the critical importance of the OneHealth approach

"[The report] has helpfully highlighted the critical importance of the One Health approach between human health and animal health regulatory agencies, shining a spotlight on an area that deserves greater attention"
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27 Apr
This is very important (T/H @Byron_Wan):

"However, China, Russia, Syria and Pakistan specifically ask to delete a reference that would include the WHO’s coronavirus origins study in this report".

Why does Pakistan pop up?

Pakistan is in full collaboration with China under the Belt & Road Initiative.

See for instance the Nature series of article, written by Ehsan Masood, 'Editor of Editorials' (!) at Nature, in particular #2 in the series:

This collaboration includes civilian research with the WIV.
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