China vows to hit back at any nation blaming COVID on Wuhan lab: report


​China ​is threatening to retaliate against any country that claims the coronavirus originated from a Wuhan lab leak — a warning that comes as a US intelligence community report was “inconclusive” about the origins of the pandemic. “We will continue to cooperate with international organizations like the WHO in their research and in their search for the origins,” said Fu Cong, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s Arms Control Department​, according to Bloomberg News.​ “​​But we do not accept baseless and unfounded accusations that are politically motivated. And if they want to baselessly accuse China, so they better be prepared to accept the counterattack from China,” he said on Wednesday. T​he 90-day review President Biden ordered US intelligence​ agencies to conduct in May concluded on Tuesday, and an unclassified report may be released to the public as soon as next week, the White House said. The classified version delivered to the president was “inconclusive” on whether COVID-19 was transmitted by animals or escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology because China refused to cooperate, according to a report in the Washington Post.

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