Chinese official shares TIME magazine cover in misleading tweet about 'pandemic origins'

Published on 29/07/2021 at 10:38

As tensions rose between the United States and China over the origins of the pandemic, Beijing's foreign ministry spokeswoman tweeted a TIME magazine cover story she claimed illustrated that Washington was "the origin of the epidemic". The claim is misleading: the magazine story actually focused on a Covid-19 cluster at the White House in October 2020. The first major outbreak of Covid-19 was recorded in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019.