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OPINION: COVID-19 origin tracing is becoming a political hot potato – SABC News

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In a rare no-holds-barred public repudiation, during which the traditional diplomatic decorum was temporarily placed in abeyance – the Chinese authorities in SA shred into pieces a US government report that persists on Washington’s standpoint that COVID-19 could have originated in Wuhan, China.

The report, ordered by US President Joe Biden into his intelligence services to determine within a 90-day period the origin of coronavirus, the report – made public recently – cited unhappiness with China’s alleged refusal to cooperate with the US investigators.

Last week, the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence released what they termed “key takeaways” of the Summary of Assessment on COVID-19 Origins. The report claimed that “China withholds information, refuses to cooperate and obstructs international investigation”.

The US intelligence services investigation came in the wake of a joint World Health Organisation…

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