How China is meddling in the search for the origins of COVID-19

'It has become a black hole of no information because of political sensitivity and secrecy'

Deep in the lush mountain valleys of southern China lies the entrance to a mine shaft that once harboured bats with the closest known relative of the COVID-19 virus.

Huanan market vendor Jiang Dafa
Huanan market vendor Jiang Dafa. Photo: AAP

The area is of intense scientific interest because it may hold clues to the origins of the coronavirus that has killed more than 1.7 million.

Yet for scientists and

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