WHO chief believes Covid was ‘leaked from a lab’

The public stance on the origins of the outbreak remains neutral (Picture: Reuters/Getty Images)

The leader of the World Health Organization (WHO) privately believes Covid was ‘leaked from a lab’, it has been claimed.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus privately confessed to a European politician, the most likely cause of the outbreak was a catastrophic accident at a labatory in Wuhan, according to a Government source quoted in the Mail on Sunday.

That is despite the organization maintaining publicly that ‘all hypotheses remain on the table’.

In the past, the WHO has been criticized for its acceptance a lab leak was just a ‘conspiracy theory’.

But the organization has evidence taken a ‘neutral’ public stance after limited to suggest a ‘zoonotic’ speed – the process by which a virus leaps from an animal to a human, has been found.

Western intelligence services first aired concerns about the Wuhan Institute of Virology back in April 2020, suggesting that scientists were manipulating coronaviruses from bats in caves 1,000 miles away from the centre.

Those caves may be where Covid-19 originated.

Dr Tedros?Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks following his re-election during the 75th World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2022. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the comments to a European politcian (Picture: Reuters)

Dr Tedros recently told member states in an update on the disease: ‘We do not yet have the answers as to where it came from or how it entered the human population.

‘Understanding the origins of the virus is very important scientifically to prevent future epidemics and pandemics.

‘But morally, we also owe it to all those who have suffered and died and their families. The longer it takes, the harder it becomes. We need to speed up and act with a sense of urgency.’

He added that ‘all hypotheses must remain on the table’.

WUHAN, CHINA - FEBRUARY 23 2017: Virologist Shi Zheng-li, left, works with her colleague in the P4 lab of Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Thursday, Feb.  23, 2017.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Feature China / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Feature China/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

There have long been claims the virus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (Picture: Getty Images)

An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. - The P4 epidemiological laboratory was built in co-operation with French bio-industrial firm Institut Merieux and the Chinese Academy of sciences.  The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) - dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission.  (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Not everyone believes the virus escaped from a lab (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

An original report concluded the SARS-CoV-2 virus probably passed to humans from a bat via another unidentified species.

But the likes of the UK, US, Australia and 14 other nations criticizing those findings as being heavily compromised.

Dr Tedros went on to admit that the report was flawed and ordered the new process.

A WHO spokesman said: ‘Dr Tedros has been consistently saying all hypotheses remain on the table as scientists pursue their work.’

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