This past Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee stated that the only people that are going to be allowed to attend the 2022 Winter Olympic Games held in Beijing, China are those who currently live in China.
“Tickets will be sold exclusively to spectators residing in China’s mainland, who meet the requirements of the COVID-19 countermeasures,” stated the IOC. “Specific requirements on COVID-19 countermeasures for spectators from China’s mainland and the details of ticketing arrangements are under discussion and development, and will be released to the public in due course once they are finalized.”
These new measures were set in place in the wake of consultations with international experts along with the Chinese authorities, stated the release.
There has been a recent call to arms for the U.S. and U.S.-based companies to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics over communist China’s horrid treatment and oppression of various religious minorities throughout the country.
“Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed,” claimed Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, earlier on this year when talked about Democrat President Joe Biden’s position concerning the 2022 Winter Olympics. “We have not discussed, and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners.”
The new plan crops up as international pressure has started to ramp up once again from the World Health Organization, among other entities, to get to the bottom of the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
“A new team of about 20 scientists—including specialists in laboratory safety and biosecurity and geneticists and animal-disease experts versed in how viruses spill over from nature—is being assembled with a mandate to hunt for new evidence in China and elsewhere,” reported the Wall Street Journal. “The possibilities that the new team is charged with examining include whether the Covid-19 virus could have emerged from a lab, according to WHO officials, a hypothesis that has especially angered China.”
This new effort pops up after Beijing placed restrictions on the WHO’s first investigation concerning the origins of the pandemic, refusing to give them the raw patient data from early cases to the WHO investigators. China has since tried to deflect all attention over the possibility that the pandemic started in one of China’s labs that have been noted to have severe safety issues by falsely blaming the United States, making unfounded claims with zero evidence that the coronavirus could have come from a lab within the U.S.
It appears that the WHO has been pressing ahead quite hard when it comes to this second investigation as they have concerns that time is running out to determine the pandemic’s origins since the evidence such as samples are thrown out and the antibodies from all early patients are currently fading.
“It took more than a year after the pandemic began for that original team to get visas and permission to enter China, which repeatedly delayed a probe it saw as an attempt to assign blame” the Journal went on to add. “After that visit, the team recommended further testing of animals in China and traders there who deal with wild or farmed mammals that are susceptible to Covid-19. Yet China’s government has shut down such farms across large regions, making it much harder—perhaps even impossible—to establish whether the Covid-19 virus spread to humans via such species, many scientists say.”