The British are split as to whether Covid originated naturally in a ‘wet market’ or escaped from a Chinese laboratory
- EXC: Britons were divided on whether the coronavirus had originally leaked from the laboratory in Wuhan
- Joe Biden has ordered American intelligence agencies to investigate the possibility
- Many scientists have insisted that the virus comes from animals in ‘wet market’
Britons are split in the middle as to whether the coronavirus originated naturally or escaped from a Chinese lab, a poll reveals today.
Research for MailOnline by Redfield & Wilton Strategies shows that 41 percent of the public thinks a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan is the most likely source.
However, a similar percentage – 38 percent – are inclined to believe that the virus was man-made and managed to break free.
The findings underscore UK skepticism about the information Beijing has provided about the origins of the pandemic.
The theory that the coronavirus was leaked from a Wuhan lab raised by Donald Trump last year and has been rejected in many quarters.
Instead, many scientists argued that it was more likely to have ‘jumped’ on humans from animals in a wet market.
However, Joe Biden has now ordered the CIA to investigate whether the lab escape is the true story.
His top epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci seemed to change his stance on the theory this week by saying “you never know,” after insisting last year that there was “no evidence” that Covid was man-made.
Research for MailOnline by Redfield & Wilton Strategies shows that 41 percent of the public thinks a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan is the most likely source. However, a similar percentage – 38 percent – are inclined to believe that the virus was man-made and managed to break free.
China has condemned the new American approach as “smear campaigns and debt shifting.”
The credibility given by the British to the theory raises new questions about Facebook’s position, which promised in February that it would ‘delete’ all messages claiming the coronavirus was ‘man-made’.
The tech giant reversed its ban on naming the idea this week after Mr. Biden ordered the investigation by intelligence agencies.
“In light of ongoing research into the origins of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made or manufactured from our apps,” the company said in a blog post. on Wednesday.
“We will continue to work with health experts to keep up with the changing nature of the pandemic and update our policies regularly as new facts and trends emerge.”
The technology company has been accused of bowing to Beijing and choking freedom of speech with its restrictions.
Tory MP Bob Seely told MailOnline yesterday after the Facebook announcement: ‘This is not a conspiracy theory. There is a real debate as to where the Wuhan virus came from.
“For Facebook to end that conversation is absolutely horrible.”
Fellow Conservative Peter Bone said: “It seems to me that Facebook is not an open platform for people to voice their opinions. It is an open platform on which people can express their opinions, as long as they agree with Facebook. ‘
Bolton this week, where peak tests and vaccinations are taking place to get the Indian variant of the coronavirus under control
Facebook has lifted its ban on user comments about the man-made coronavirus after Joe Biden (left) ordered intelligence agencies to investigate it from a laboratory in Wuhan