China's Foreign Ministry says the Wuhan Virology Lab should receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine for its role in studying COVID-19.
The virus was first recorded in the city of Wuhan in late 2019.
Last week, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhau Lijian dismissed claims that the lab itself was responsible for the pandemic, the Jerusalem Post reports.
"If those that first publish high-quality viral genomes were to be accused of making the virus, then Prof. Luc Montagnier, who first discovered the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), would be considered the culprit of AIDS rather than awarded the Nobel Prize, and Mr. Louis Pasteur, who discovered microbes, would be held accountable for the disease-causing bacteria all around the globe," Lijian said.
"By analogy, the team in Wuhan should be awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their research on COVID-19, instead of being criticized."
The Wuhan lab is already a candidate for the 2021 Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for its role in helping trace the pathogeny of the virus.
Some, however, believe the virus may have been leaked by the Wuhan lab.
Shi Zhengli, the virologist at the Wuhan lab, has rejected the claims.
Nonetheless, U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is asking his fellow Republicans in Congress to hold China accountable for failing to keep the virus from becoming a pandemic, The Christian Post reports.
In a letter titled Holding China Accountable: A Republican Call to Action & Roadmap for Covid-19 Accountability, McCarthy claims that Democrats in Congress will not hold the Chinese government accountable for the pandemic.
"The unfortunate reality is that countless friends and family members could have been saved had it not been for the deception of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)," wrote McCarthy.
The letter cites a University of Southampton study that found that COVID-19 infections could have been reduced by between 66 and 95 percent if interventions had been made one to three weeks earlier.
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