A previously unseen US intelligence report has revealed that at least three researchers working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where coronavirus experiments were being conducted, were hospitalised in mid November 2019 with symptoms matching those of COVID.
The revelations lend yet more credence to the notion that the pandemic was caused by a lab leak and did not emerge naturally.
The Wall Street Journal reports that “The disclosure of the number of researchers, the timing of their illnesses and their hospital visits come on the eve of a meeting of the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, which is expected to discuss the next phase of an investigation into Covid-19’s origins.”
The report also notes “The details of the reporting go beyond a State Department fact sheet, issued during the final days of the Trump administration, which said that several researchers at the lab, a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens, became sick in autumn 2019 ‘with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.’”
According to the Journal, the intelligence comes from multiple sources and is “very precise.”
As we reported back in January, as Trump was leaving office he promised more ‘Bombshell’ evidence would emerge linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and the Chinese military.
Chinese virologists fled Hong Kong some time ago and effectively defected to the West, providing evidence against the Chinese Communist Party concerning its role in the COVID-19 pandemic. It is possible that this information came from those researchers, one of whom formerly worked in the Wuhan lab.
The new details contradict Chinese government claims that the first cases of the virus were not observed until December 8th 2019. They also dovetail with previously unconfirmed claims by the South China Morning Post that there exists Chinese government data documenting initial cases on November 17, 2019, more than three weeks earlier.
Commenting on the revelations, David Asher, the State Department’s former lead investigator on the origins of the virus said it is “very doubtful that three people in highly protected circumstances” all became sick with “severe conditions all in the same week, and it didn’t have anything to do with the coronavirus.”
Asher has previously said that the intelligence points to an involvement of the Chinese military conducting bioweapons research at the lab.
“Motive, cover-up, conspiracy, all the hallmarks of guilt are associated with this. And the fact that the initial cluster of victims surrounded the very institute that was doing the highly dangerous, if not dubious research is significant,” Asher said.
China’s Foreign Ministry has responded to the developments by issuing a response insisting that there were no reported Covid-19 cases among staff and students at the virology institute.
Last week, GOP representatives on the House Intelligence Committee demanded an update from the White House and the Director of National Intelligence on the possibility that the coronavirus leaked from the lab in Wuhan.
The Republicans, led by Ranking Member Devin Nunes also want access to any intelligence on the “gain of function” research that was undertaken at the Wuhan lab in conjunction with US agencies.
Even Biden’s own CDC Director said this week that there is a “possibility” that the COVID-19 virus was leaked from the Wuhan lab.
Leftist media and ‘fact checking’ outlets have repeatedly dismissed the notion as a ‘conspiracy theory’, but are now doing an about face on the matter.
As Infowars reported in April 2020, the NIH awarded a $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to conduct coronavirus gain of function research.
Additionally, the results of the US-backed gain of function research at Wuhan was published in 2017 under the heading, “Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus.”
Fauci is now backtracking on previous dismissals of the lab leak theory, and even admitting to his own involvement in the research that was going on there.
As we reported earlier in the year, top US National Security officials have indicated that they believe the most credible theory on the origin of COVID-19 is that it escaped from the Chinese laboratory.
It previously emerged that the Wuhan lab had held a coronavirus sample that was 96.2 per cent the same as Covid-19 for almost a decade. This prompted the speculation about the origin of the virus.
In addition, previous reports have suggested that the Institute took a shipment of some of the world’s deadliest pathogens just weeks before the outbreak of the coronavirus. It is also known that the lab was tampering with natural pathogens and mutating them to become more infectious.
The notion of the virus coming from the Wuhan lab is not some fringe conspiracy theory, rather it has been advocated by leading scientific, intelligence and political figures globally.
Former CDC director Robert Redfield, a leading virologist, told CNN in March that he believes the coronavirus may have escaped from the Wuhan lab as far back as September 2019.
A prominent German scientist with the University of Hamburg released findings in February of a year long study that concludes the most likely cause of the coronavirus pandemic was a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
A select group of the world’s leading scientists recently penned an open letter urging more investigation into the possibility that the coronavirus pandemic was caused by a leak from the Institute, saying that the World Health Organisation has dismissed the notion without proper consideration.
As we previously highlighted, after spending months trying to negotiate a visit, WHO officials largely absolved China of blame for the COVID-19 pandemic after visiting a virus lab in Wuhan for just 3 hours.
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