House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans launched their report on COVID-19’s origins, pointing to evidence of a lab leak, genetic modification, and a cover-up, making the case the virus by accident emerged from the Wuhan lab in August or September 2019.
The report concluded that “the preponderance of evidence suggests SARS-CoV-2 was accidentally released from a Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory sometime prior to September 12, 2019,” and “the virus, or the viral sequence that was genetically manipulated, was doubtless collected in a collapse Yunnan province, PRC, between 2012 and 2015.”
The report stated Wuhan lab researchers, CCP officers, and “potentially American citizens” all “directly engaged in efforts to obfuscate information related to the origins of the virus and to suppress public debate of a possible lab leak.”
Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas led the GOP’s China Task Force and launched a report in September alleging a Chinese cover-up and detailing critical issues concerning the Wuhan lab. The House Foreign Affairs rating member’s new addendum to that report places a highlight on the Wuhan lab.
The new report “outlines evidence that points to the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the source of the outbreak, and outlines some of the many steps researchers at the WIV along with Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance took to cover up the research being done there.”
It additionally “breaks down how scientific papers written by researchers at the WIV not only prove the WIV was doing dangerous genetic modification research on coronaviruses at unsafe biosafety levels, but also that WIV researchers had the ability to genetically modify coronaviruses as early as 2016 without leaving any trace of that modification.”
McCaul stated he believes now’s the proper time to “completely dismiss” the speculation that the Wuhan moist market was the supply of the outbreak.
“We know gain-of-function research was happening at the WIV and we know it was being done in unsafe conditions. We also now know the head of the Chinese CDC and the director of the WIV’s Biosafety Level-4 lab publicly expressed concerns about safety at PRC labs in the summer of 2019. It is our belief the virus leaked sometime in late August or early September 2019. When they realized what happened, Chinese Communist Party officials and scientists at the WIV began frantically covering up the leak, including taking their virus database offline in the middle of the night and requesting more than $1 million for additional security,” he stated.
McCaul added: “But their cover-up was too late — the virus was already spreading throughout the megacity of Wuhan. Within a month, satellite images show a significant uptick in the number of people at hospitals around the WIV with symptoms similar to COVID-19. At the same time, athletes at the Military World Games became sick with symptoms similar to COVID-19. Some of them carried the virus back to their home countries — creating one of the earliest super spreader events in the world.”
The report concludes that “the preponderance of the evidence proves the virus did leak from” a Wuhan lab, and it contends that the elimination of the WIV’s virus and pattern database in September 2019, in addition to security issues expressed by Chinese scientists and a bunch of circumstantial evidence, points to the conclusion that the virus leaked from the lab.
A State Department truth sheet launched in January contended that Wuhan lab researchers “conducted experiments involving RaTG13, the bat coronavirus identified by the WIV in January 2020 as its closest sample to SARS-CoV-2 (96.2% similar)” and the lab “has a published record of conducting ‘gain-of-function’ research to engineer chimeric viruses.” The truth sheet asserted the lab “engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military” and that lab employees grew to become sick with coronaviruslike signs in autumn 2019.
The GOP report famous that the Wuhan lab’s on-line database contained “greater than 22,000 entries consisting of pattern and pathogen information collected from bats and mice.” The database was pulled offline on Sept. 12, 2019, and the report noted there has been “no constant reply” as to why it has not been put again on-line.
The report contends that a number of researchers might have turn into contaminated with the virus after accumulating it within the wild or manipulation within the lab and will have subsequently offered a “vector for the virus to spread” whereas touring to and from the WIV on the Wuhan Metro or a every day shuttle service that was out there.
The Republicans stated the report “lays out ample evidence that researchers on the WIV, together with U.S. scientists and funded by each the PRC authorities and the U.S. authorities, have been conducting gain-of-function analysis on coronaviruses on the WIV.”
Its conclusion is that there’s “ample proof that the virus might have been genetically manipulated.”
The GOP report famous that there’s ample evidence the Chinese authorities, WIV researchers, and others have been working to discredit the suggestion the virus might have been human-made or leaked from the lab.
It additionally points to the “set up of a People’s Liberation Army’s bioweapons knowledgeable as the top of the WIV’s Biosafety Level 4 lab” in late 2019 rather than January 2020, as has been previously reported. The new report said that a PLA major general “taking up a part of the WIV demonstrates the CCP was involved concerning the exercise occurring there as information of the virus was spreading” and that if the Chinese military actually took control in 2019, then “it might imply the CCP knew concerning the virus earlier, and that the outbreak started earlier.”
Meeting minutes from discussions between lab scientists and the WHO-China staff reveal lab leak issues have been referred to as “conspiracy theories.” The WHO-China January report concluded the most definitely origin for COVID-19 was a soar from animals to people. However, since then, the U.S. and others have forged doubt on the credibility of the report, whereas Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, stated there was a “premature push” to dismiss the lab leak concept in the course of the investigation. The Chinese authorities shot down a second investigation into its authorities labs in June.