The head of the WHO evaluated the version of the leak of the coronavirus from the laboratory

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus, assessed the version about the leak of the coronavirus from the laboratory. He expressed his opinion at the G7 leader’s summit, writes the Daily Mail.

He noted that he does not rule out a laboratory leak of SARS-CoV-2. Gebreyesus recalled that at least 174 million people were infected with the coronavirus infection, and 3.75 million died from its consequences. “I think these people should find out where this virus came from. They deserve it, “ said the head of the WHO.

According to Gebreyesus, China did not have the necessary “transparency and cooperation” at the initial stage of the investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2. “There were difficulties with the exchange of data, especially raw data,” he concluded.

Earlier, scientists from the United States announced a proof of the artificial origin of the coronavirus. Experts found that SARS-CoV-2 has a genome sequence in the CGG-CGG combination, often used to increase the contagiousness and lethality of viruses. Experts note that it is a kind of beacon that allows you to track the insertion in the laboratory since it is extremely rare in nature.

At the end of March, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on the results of a trip to Wuhan, China, to find out the origin of the coronavirus. The report says the pandemic is most likely not the result of a leak from the lab.

Chinese scientists have discovered 24 new types of coronavirus in bats

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shandong University have discovered new types of coronaviruses in bats, similar to the pathogen that causes COVID-19. This was announced on Saturday, June 12, according to Cell magazine.

“In total, we collected 24 new coronavirus genomes from different bat species, including four SARS-CoV-2-like coronaviruses,” the study authors noted.

According to Chinese scientists, one strain derived from the bat species Rhinolophus pusillus is particularly similar to SARS-CoV-2, although it has some differences in the protein that viruses use to attach to infected cells.

“Together with the SARS-CoV-2-related virus collected in Thailand in June 2020, these results clearly demonstrate that viruses closely related to SARS-CoV — 2 continue to circulate in bat populations, and in some regions may occur with relatively high frequency,” the experts concluded.

Biden and Macron discussed Russia and China

US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed on Saturday during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Cornwall, England, the policy towards Russia and China, as well as the modernization of NATO. This is stated in a statement issued on Saturday by the press service of the White House.

“President Biden and President Macron discussed the work aimed at modernizing NATO, our close cooperation in the fight against terrorism, including in the Sahel region, as well as our common foreign policy priorities, such as China and Russia,” the statement said.

Biden on Wednesday went on his first foreign trip as the head of the US administration. He is attending the Group of Seven (G7) summit in the UK. After that, the politician will fly to the Belgian capital for a NATO summit meeting. The US — EU summit will then take place in Brussels. Biden’s tour will culminate in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland.

In the Netherlands, they want to ban bitcoin

A local official listed a number of reasons why the government should recognize the first cryptocurrency as illegal-details

In the Netherlands, the director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Ministry of Economy and Climate Policy, Peter Hasekamp, said that the country should immediately introduce a complete ban on mining and operations with bitcoin.

In his opinion, digital gold has no intrinsic value, and the coin itself does not perform any of the three functions of money: a unit of account, a means of payment, and a means of accumulation. He wrote about this in an essay titled “The Netherlands should ban bitcoin”.

Hasekamp mentioned security issues, fraud risks, and added that digital assets are used in criminal activities. The Netherlands lags behind countries that have taken measures to “curb the hype around cryptocurrencies” in recent years, the article says.

“Dutch regulators have tried to tighten supervision of trading platforms, but without much success. The Central Planning Bureau pointed out the risks of cryptocurrency trading in 2018, but concluded that stricter regulation is not yet necessary, ” Hasekamp said.

He also mentioned Gresham’s law, according to which” bad money “displaces” good money” from circulation. According to the official, in the case of bitcoin, it can work in the opposite way:

“Cryptocurrencies are not used in normal transactions. Bad money goes out of circulation because no one else wants to accept it.”

Hasekamp called the collapse of digital assets inevitable and recommended that the authorities make it difficult for citizens to access the market.

“This is true both for the authorities and for investors. […] The Netherlands should immediately ban bitcoin, ” he stressed.

Earlier, we reported that the first country in the world legalized bitcoin as a currency.

Also recall that recently, the founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, brought down the bitcoin exchange rate with a joke that his company would “part” with this cryptocurrency. After that, the cost of one token fell by more than 2 thousand dollars.

Biden and Putin will speak separately after the meeting

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will hold separate press conferences after their meeting in Geneva, their administrations said.

US President Joe Biden will give a press conference alone after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva. This was reported by Reuters on Saturday, June 12, with reference to the statement of the White House.

“A personal press conference is an appropriate format to clearly communicate to the free press the topics that were raised at the meeting-both in terms of areas where we can agree, and in areas where we have serious concerns, “a Biden spokesman said, and expressed the expectation that the meeting would be” frank and direct.”

In turn, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said about a separate press conference of the President of Russia.

Peskov assured that the absence of a joint press conference is not evidence of low expectations from the meeting, pointing to the statement of the American side.

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