The Swiss Embassy in Beijing calls for the removal of fake news about the origins of COVID-19. Chinese media recently quoted a “Swiss biologist” criticizing the “politicization” of the WHO investigation and writing about “putting tremendous pressure.” Swiss diplomats say such a biologist most likely does not exist.
Chinese media, including the English-language daily Global Times and CGTN, reported that Swiss biologist Wilson Edwards has criticized Facebook for “politicizing” the investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. He allegedly complained that some of his colleagues were under “tremendous pressure” and even intimidated. “” The US is so obsessed with attacking China into investigating the source (pandemic) that they turn a blind eye to the data and findings (scientists) “- was to be written by Edwards, citing a source in WHO.
The Swiss Embassy in Beijing referred to the matter. “We appreciate the interest in our country, but the Swiss embassy must unfortunately inform the Chinese public that this is fake news,” said a statement on Twitter on Tuesday.
After the embassy intervened, the Chinese media removed references to Wilson Edwards from the articles.
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In the announcement, the embassy emphasized that such a person does not appear in the official registers of Swiss citizens, and in the databases there are no references to scientific papers in the field of biology signed with this name. The media-quoted Facebook account was set up in late July, has three friends, and only published this one post.
“We’re looking for Wilson Edwards, the alleged Swiss biologist who has been quoted in the Chinese press and social media in recent days. If you exist, we’d like to meet you. But it’s more likely to be fake news, and we urge Chinese media and internet users to remove these entries.” posted in a tweet.
No scientists’ findings
Scientists have not yet determined where the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus came from, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 and has killed more than 4 million people worldwide since then.
Investigating the origins of the pandemic has become a political issue. Washington says the virus may have leaked out of the Chinese lab, which Beijing vehemently denies.
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