This comes as a report last month, which was carried out over two years and published by the Lancet Commission, found that it was possible that the the virus leaked out of laboratory incident at the hands of US researchers.
While accepting that the virus may have originated via a number of various different scenarios, the report does not rule out the possibility that could have been the result of a laboratory incident at the hands of US researchers.
Noting that “independent researchers have not yet investigated” the US labs, it warns that the National Institutes of Health have “resisted disclosing details” about the work they have been undertaking.
Matt Ridley, the co-author of ‘Viral: The search for the origin of Covid-19’, told Express.co.uk: “The Lancet Commission has done a thorough job and its conclusions are devastating: that no independent, transparent and science-based investigation into the origin of the pandemic has been carried out and that the lab notebooks and databases of relevant institutions in Wuhan and New York must be made public.”
He added: “It is also right to point out that poor enforcement of biosafety protocols leaves open the possibility that a lab leak was responsible. Nearly three years after the start of a pandemic that has killed probably 20 million people, the world deserves greater transparency.”