Putin Urges to Fight Pandemic Rather Than Politicize Covid Origins

Countries need to jointly fight the COVID-19

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instead of politicizing the issue of the virus’s origins, underscored Russian President Vladimir Putin, addressing the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum.

In the opinion of the Russian President, trying to determine the causes of a phenomenon is the right thing to do, however, when “politicization begins, trust in the conclusions that are based on a politicized approach declines”.

“All such studies should be based on objective data,” the Russian head of state emphasized, warning that those who are politicizing the issue are making huge, “calamitous mistakes in the fight against the pandemic.”

Vladimir Putin weighed in on the recently published US coronavirus origins report, which, while inconclusive on the virus’s origins, found SARS-CoV-2 wasn’t likely to have been engineered.


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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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, Putin added these deductions ought to have been made sooner.

Beijing has repeatedly rejected Washington’s allegations that COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan lab, warning the White House against politicising the issue.

Inconclusive US Intel Report

As a global effort has been underway to contain the spread of COVID-19, scientists have been trying to work out how the virus originated. After a WHO team visited China’s Wuhan earlier in the year to conclude in a report that the disease most likely spilled over from an animal sold at a market, appearing to dismiss the possibility that it may have leaked accidentally from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the conclusion has been rejected by some scientists.


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Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 3, 2021.

In May President Biden gave the US intelligence agencies 90 days to assess the data and produce a report that “could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion” on the origins of the virus.

Biden received the investigation’s classified report on 24 August, with the unclassified version made public later.

The inconclusive investigation left intelligence agencies divided on whether the pandemic began because of a laboratory accident, or because of human contact with an infected animal, such as a bat.


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Medical workers in protective suits test nucleic acid samples inside a Huo-Yan (Fire Eye) laboratory of BGI, following new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China early August 5, 2021

“All agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident,” the nation’s 18 intelligence agencies wrote in an unclassified report.