Vaccine in numbers: May 29 update

The Telegraph

Coronavirus latest news: British spies say Wuhan lab leak is ‘feasible’

NHS staff to face compulsory coronavirus vaccination Hancock facing fresh questions over Covid in care homes Vaccine clot patients ‘closely monitored’ as they may remain at risk Ross Clark: Why has China been given an easy ride over Covid-19? Heathrow chief: Reveal future green list to avoid soaring prices The Vaccines Minister has insisted that the World Health Organization must be able to fully investigate the origins of the pandemic, following reports that British agents believe it is “feasible” that the coronavirus emerged after a laboratory leak. Speaking to Sky News, Nadhim Zahawi said it’s vital that the WHO is “allowed to conduct its investigation unencumbered” as it seeks to better understand how the initial outbreak began, adding that “we should leave no stone unturned”.

There has been renewed interest in how the pandemic began this week, after President Joe Biden asked US intelligence agencies to re-investigate the origins and report back in 90 days. Facebook also said it will no longer ban posts claiming Covid-19 was man made. According to a Sunday Times report, Western intelligence – including Britain – at first considered there was only a “remote” chance that it had leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where research is conducted into bat-derived coronaviruses.

But there has since been a reassessment, and a lab escape is thought “feasible”, sources revealed.

Yet, amid mounting tensions between China and the West, the WHO’s director of emergencies, Dr Mike Ryan, warned on Friday that efforts to better understand how the virus emerged are “being poisoned by politics”. “We would like for everyone out there to separate, if they can, the politics of this issue from the science,” he told a press conference.

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