China has claimed that Covid originated in America in a bid to shift the blame from Wuhan.
Beijing's communist newspaper suggested the US was "politicising the origin-tracing research" and putting scientists at the centre of a "political storm".
"Prominent US and Australian scientists focused on the COVID-19 origins tracing are now facing tremendous political pressure, and some have been sidelined for not yielding to (the) politicians-driven conspiracy theory," the Global Times said.
In the piece, China claimed the results suggest the virus was in America much earlier than reported.
Blood samples taken from across the 50 states between January 2 and March 18 last year found two positive cases from January 7, the Sun reports.
This reportedly showed the virus was in the US from as early as December 2019, when Wuhan reported their first cases.
According to a Wuhan virologist, the research proved the "epidemic in the US probably emerged earlier than in Wuhan," the Global Times reported.
"The US has nearly all the variants spreading around the world, based on this, the virus most likely originated in the US rather than the Wuhan lab," it continued.
In January 2020, at least 430,000 people arrived in the US from China and over 4,000 people travelled from Wuhan before health screenings were introduced later in the month.
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The Global Times added that "white supremacists" have been bullying anti-lab leak scientists while pushing for a probe into tracing the virus back to the US.
Beijing says top scientists have been subject to a witch hunt after suggesting Covid came from animals and was transmitted to humans.
The publication claimed the US infectious disease chief Dr Anthony Fauci "has been a target of the GOP (Republican Party)" and has become "increasingly ambiguous on his rhetoric".
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The World Health Organisation has said animal transmission was the most likely source of the virus.
But US intelligence recently suggested Covid was either intentionally or unintentionally leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
President Joe Biden, who ordered the investigation back in March. said the "intelligence community has ‘coalesced around two likely scenarios’ but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this question."
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He requested they "redouble their efforts to bring us closer to a definitive conclusion," with another 90-day deadline into a review of the origin of the virus.
The Global Times alleged an Australian scientist was among experts to have received death threats "if he continued expressing opinions on the origins of the virus".
It claimed they were most likely sent by people with "far-right and even white supremacism leanings".
The Global Times also reported that another US scientist was being threatened by "emails, phone calls, and messages on social media" as part of a "coordinated political campaign to undermine anyone involved in the origins work if they do not fit the lab leak narrative."
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