"We hope that the USA can adopt a scientific and cooperative attitude like China and invite World Health Organization experts to the U.S.to carry out research on tracing virus origins", Wang told a daily press briefing, in response to a question about a USA expert demanding the release of the medical records of nine people who allegedly became ill in November 2019 in China.
A number of Republicans have expressed outrage that the National Institutes of Health gave $3.4 million to EcoHealth Alliance from 2014 to 2019 and $600,000 of that went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The controversial claim was dismissed by experts a year ago, who said it was "extremely unlikely".
In a February 2020 email exchange with a former United States health secretary, Dr Fauci said: "Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection".
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman W Wen bin refused to comment directly on whether China would publish records of nine people, but strongly denied that the institute was associated with the outbreak of COVID-19. His emails reinforce their views - that he changed his mind about what people should do to fight the virus, depending upon the scientific data, and not on what Trump wanted people to hear. Meanwhile, a group of Indian scientists were the first to postulate that the SARS-CoV-2 virus could be lab-synthesized through their path-breaking research paper published at the beginning of 2020. "He will not earn any royalties from its publication", the publisher reportedly said. But one other theory surfaced that has recently gained traction. There has also been a renewed focus on the Wuhan researchers who were sent to hospital weeks before the first case of COVID-19 was officially recorded. What are the geopolitical dynamics Biden must contend with when collecting more intelligence?
Paul, as well as former President Donald Trump, have leaned into the theory that the COVID-19 pandemic started as a Wuhan-based lab leak - and not a naturally occurring animal-to-human transmission that either started or grew from a Wuhan wet market. Senator Paul grilled Fauci on the lab-leak theory while also presenting damning evidence showing how the NIAID chief had funded gain of function research at the same Wuhan virology lab.
"Scalise and Comer wrote that Fauci's emails, which were released through a Freedom of Information Act filing this week, "debunk many Democrats' claims from the past year", including that he and other scientists were "'muzzled'" by the Trump administration.
Dr Fauci and his colleagues took notice, in the early days, of the theory that Covid-19 may have leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
"I have always said, and will say today ..." Fauci is at the head of this and really if we want to investigate this lab and we want to know how to prevent this from happening again, Fauci can not be a part of this investigation'.