Boris Johnson said he was open to whether the coronavirus pandemic was caused by a leak from a laboratory in China.
The Prime Minister said at a press conference at the end of the G7 Summit in Cornwall that the best advice he has right now is to get some kind of animal off.
“Right now our advice is that it doesn’t look like this particular zoonotic disease came from a laboratory,” he said.
“Of course, any reasonable person would want to remain open about this.”
The possibility that the Covid-19 pandemic was triggered by a leak from a Chinese laboratory has been discussed by G7 leaders, the head of the World Health Organization said.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “it was brought up” and “we discussed the origins”.
A WHO investigation into the origin of the pandemic has not ruled out any theory behind the outbreak.
A team of experts from WHO and China said in February that the virus was “extremely unlikely” due to a laboratory-related incident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
But the WHO has said that “all the hypotheses are still on the table” and wants to carry out a second phase of its work, while US President Joe Biden has ordered an investigation into the origins including the leak theory.
Dr. Tedros told reporters at the G7 summit, “We believe that all hypotheses should be open and we need to move on to the second phase to really know the origins.”
He said that nearly 3.75 million people have died and “the respect these people deserve is knowing the origin of this virus so we can prevent it from happening again”.
Mike Ryan, WHO Executive Director of the Emergency Health Program, said: “In relation to the origins of the virus, WHO believes it is extremely important to understand the origins of this particular virus that caused the global pandemic.
“There are many hypotheses for this origin and the international team led by Dr. Tedros, sent to the team at the request of the World Health Assembly, has conducted a number of studies and investigations.
“All the hypotheses are still on the table.
“More studies are needed to elucidate the origins of the virus.
“We want to move forward with this second phase as quickly as possible and bring in more expertise and work with our Member States to ensure that we have the right remit, the right team and an appropriate approach to move forward with.” working together to understand the origins of the virus. “
When asked if the Wuhan laboratory’s leak theory was discussed at the summit, Dr. Tedros: “Yes, it was mentioned and we discussed the origins.”