The newspaper cited an undisclosed U.S. intelligence report, which it said might add weight to requests Further investigation on whether CoronaviruI ran away from the lab. It added that this "raises questions about the credibility of Shi Zhengli, the top bat coronavirus expert at WIV, who said the leak didn't come from her laboratories".
David Asher, a former US official who led a State Department task force on the origins of the virus for then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, told a Hudson Institute seminar in March that he doubted that the lab researchers became sick because of the ordinary flu. He said that he doubted that the ordinary flu made three researchers sick.
Importantly, the report doesn't explain why the researchers got sick or what their diagnosis was, the newspaper reported. Despite the intelligence being inconclusive, Pompeo put out a fact sheet that said the United States had evidence researchers at the WIV had been sick in the fall of 2019 with Covid-like symptoms and that the lab, where coronavirus had been studied in bats, had a history of military research.
Though the first known case was December 8, several analyses of the virus's rate of mutation concluded that it likely began spreading several weeks earlier.
The story stated, based on a previously unpublished report on the final days of US President Donald Trump's administration, that several laboratory researchers developed symptoms similar to both in the fall of 2019.
Ironically, the report also reminds us that these same lab leak theories are holdovers from the Trump administration's contentious "fact sheet", one which mendaciously politicized a global pathogen to peddle conspiracies about Chinese researchers in the first place. "But Dr. Fauci is playing word games", Cotton said. The fact sheet was additionally critical of Beijing's "deceit and disinformation". It serves the same intelligence community's interests to relinquish its alternation of virus origin realities, especially when that endeavor risks inflicting the most damage on the U.S.'s own anti-pandemic transparency pledge to the world. Lastly, Chinese authorities suppressed all records at the WIV, even closing down the virus database.
Metzl, labeled by Carlson as the "original whistleblower", was roundly denounced by fellow Democrats at the onset of the pandemic for pushing the "fringe" theory that the virus leaked from a Wuhan lab before claiming hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe.
The origin of the virus is hotly contested. Using other coronaviruses, SARS and MERS, researchers were able to identify animals that developed these diseases at this point in their outbreak.
At the time of the release of the World Health Organization report, Reuters cited one member of the World Health Organization team as claiming that Chinese officials refused to hand over raw data on initial COVID-19 cases. But, the regime refused to share raw data on the 76,000.
Peter Ben Embarek (R) talks with Liang Wannian (L) during a press conference in the city of Wuhan, in China's Hubei Province, on February 9, 2021. Fauci said that $600,000 in NIH subgrants that were diverted to the Wuhan Institute of Virology by a nonprofit group called the EcoHealth Alliance were used to study coronaviruses in bats and were not used for gain of function research.
"Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out".
Critics question the transparency around the first mission, called for in a resolution passed last May by World Health Organization member countries, and insist that far more investigation in China was needed.
Sadly, Dr. Ted is way ahead of the United States and European Union on the matter. Our western governments have demanded better access to samples and data from early sicknesses, including COVID-19 cases, but they have not explicitly demanded a lab probe.
The pandemic has killed more than 3.4 million people worldwide. Continued lack of a probe should be met with the most severe economic sanctions available to the USA government and allies against another nation.