THE Wuhan lab suspected of leaking Covid-19 is being nominated for China's top science award.
Chinese authorities are also giving a special mention to Dr Shi Zhengli, otherwise known as "bat women".
The nomination comes as Western government pile pressure on Beijing to come clean about the "gain of function" experiments taking place at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
US President Joe Biden has ordered his intelligence services to undertake 90-day review of evidence that Covid-19 could have leaked from a Chinese lab.
Theories being pushed by several governments suggest Covid may have escaped by a researcher getting infected, improperly disposed of waste, or potential breaches in the security at the site.
US spies are probing claims that the virus may have somehow escaped and gone to the infect the world – so far killing 3.8million people.
The laboratory was put forward for the Chinese Academy of Sciences' 2021 Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize.
According to The Times, a statement by the Chinese Academy of Sciences said the centre had "completed the most comprehensive and systematic identification research" on Covid-19, warranting special recognition.
Those findings allegedly "laid an important foundation and technology platform for the follow-up research on the origin, epidemiology and pathogenic mechanism of the Covid-19 virus, as well as the research and development of drugs and vaccines".
"It provided key scientific and technological support for epidemic prevention and control."
China denies the lab leak and all wrongdoing over its handling of the initial Covid outbreak in December 2019.
Dr Zhengli has also hit out at allegations during an interview with The New York Times.
She said the claims amounted to "pouring filth on an innocent scientist" and that "no evidence" of a lab leak exists.
"How on earth can I offer up evidence for something where there is no evidence?" she scientists raged.
"I don’t know how the world has come to this, constantly pouring filth on an innocent scientist."
There is currently no evidence to suggest the virus was intentionally released by China.
But a bombshell video suggests live bats were kept at the Wuhan lab at the centre of the Covid leak storm and were hand fed by scientists.
Footage appears to show bats being held at the WIV despite denials by a World Health Organisation (WHO) scientist.
Video released by Sky News Australia from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) shows live bats being held in a cage at the bio lab four years ago.
It also shows a scientist hand feeding a worm to one of the creatures – which are believed to be the natural reservoir of Covid.
Correspondence obtained through freedom of information requests show further evidence of how the Communist Party attempted to control the narrative during the early days of the pandemic.
A WHO task force spent four weeks investigating the outbreak in Wuhan in January and February.
The organisation concluded it was "extremely unlikely" that it was caused by a lab leak, but noted that further investigation is needed.
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