On February 3, a heavy police presence was deployed in front of the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the WHO expert team arrived at the institute.
The fact sheet, released by the State Department in mid-January, states that U.S. officials have “reason to believe” that Chinese researchers at the WVI developed symptoms and discovered the new virus months before the pandemic.
Currently, the CCP virus (Wuhan pneumonia, COVID-19) has killed about 2.62 million people worldwide.
The report states that “the CCP has systematically prevented transparent and thorough investigation of the origins of the COVID-19 Epidemic,” and notes that WVII researchers have conducted experiments for years on “RaTG13,” a coronavirus found in bat RaTG13 is a coronavirus found in bat feces and is the closest sample to SARS-CoV-2 (96.2% similarity). The Institute has also conducted “gain-of-function” studies of the virus and has conducted experiments in secret with the Chinese military.
According to the report, staff at the Institute developed COVID-19-like symptoms in the fall of 2019. And Shi Zhengli, a researcher at the lab, has publicly claimed that no staff or students at the WuXi Institute have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 or SARS-related viruses, a dubious claim.
According to the Washington Post on Tuesday (March 9), the Biden Administration reviewed the report and confirmed some of its facts.
“There is no significant or meaningful disagreement about the information presented in the fact sheet,” an unnamed senior State Department official told the newspaper, “No one disputes the information, the data points are true, and they are accurate facts.”
“From the beginning, the fact sheet was a State Department message document that was not somehow fully vetted, and it was not an intelligence-led analysis,” the State Department official said, adding that “the notion that (the virus) emerged from a laboratory has not been confirmed, and (the U.S. government there’s certainly no consensus (within the U.S. government).”
The Jan. 15 fact sheet, which former Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger said in a speech at Florida International University last month, was reportedly reviewed and approved for release by the State Department, the White House, the Department of health and Human Services and the leadership of the U.S. intelligence community.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo retweeted the story, writing, “Even the Biden administration acknowledges my factual statement about the Wuhan lab is based on real evidence. No one is questioning the accuracy of the information.”
In January, Pompeo, then the U.S. secretary of state, said in a media interview that all the evidence so far suggests that the Communist virus outbreak originated in China. But he was unsure whether the virus began with an accidental leak at a Wuhan lab.
Pompeo said we still don’t know the answer to that question “because the Chinese Communist Party has been denying anyone on the outside the information they need to investigate what happened for more than a year.”
Pompeo mentioned that the virus could have come from the WVII lab. “It’s not impossible, and the world must continue to demand the truth about what happened there to make sure that something like this never happens again,” he said.
“It’s important to remember that China (altogether) has a history of infecting the world, they have a history of running substandard labs. And this is not the first Time that the world has been exposed to a virus because of Chinese lab failures.” Pompeo said.
A Biden State Department spokesman told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday (March 10), “The fact sheet issued by the previous administration on Jan. 15 did not make any conclusions about the source of the virus.”
The spokesman added: “We will be working with partners and using information gathered and analyzed by scientists and our own intelligence community to evaluate this report.”