Top U.S. virus experts say Chinese Communist authorities should cooperate with expert investigations to trace the origin of the Chinese Communist virus (COVID-19) or risk another virus pandemic. The picture shows the virus model.
Top U.S. virus experts say the Chinese Communist authorities should cooperate with expert investigations to track the origin of the Chinese Communist virus (New Crown virus, COVID-19), or they may face another virus pandemic, and the U.S. should pressure Beijing to consider possible sanctions if necessary.
“Unless we fully understand the origins of COVID-19, there will be COVID-26, COVID-32,” said Peter Hote, a U.S. coronavirus vaccine expert and professor of pediatrics, molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. Peter Hotez, a U.S. expert on coronaviruses and a professor of pediatric science, molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, said.
In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hotez said it is “absolutely necessary” to reach a definitive conclusion on the origin of the virus in order to prevent another pandemic in the future.
He pointed out that with the outbreak of SARS in southern China in 2002 and 2003, the emergence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012, and now COVID-19, which has a global impact, the scientific community needs to understand thoroughly what happened in order to be able to avoid another pandemic.
Hottes said he doesn’t think the intelligence community’s continued investigation will be very helpful.
“Personally, I think we’ve pushed intelligence as far as we can go,” he said, “and we need a team of scientists, consisting of epidemiologists, virologists, bat ecologists, to conduct a six-month to year-long investigation in Hubei province to fully unravel the COVID- 19’s origins.”
Hotters believes Beijing should allow scientists to collect blood samples from local residents, wild bats and animals in the lab, interview local scientists, check lab notebooks and more. To reach this step, he believes the U.S. should apply more pressure on Beijing, including considering sanctions against the Chinese Communist Party.
Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Trump administration’s Food and Drug Administration, said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that there is growing information to support the idea that the virus may have come from a lab leak in Wuhan. Gottlieb said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that there is growing information to support the idea that the virus may have come from the Wuhan lab leak.
Gottlieb said the Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly denied that the virus originated in the lab, but has also been unable to produce strong evidence of its origin and has refused to cooperate with experts in the investigation.
He said China has had the opportunity to provide evidence to refute the claims of a lab leak, including providing blood samples from lab workers, providing the original strain of the virus, and providing early samples, but the CCP has refused to do so.
Although it is widely believed that the outbreak originated in Wuhan, there has been debate over whether the virus originated in nature or escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research. Recently, many U.S. public health experts have also changed their previous skepticism about the virus leaking from the laboratory and believe further investigation is necessary.
President Biden last week also asked the U.S. intelligence community must “redouble its efforts” to investigate the origin of the virus and report to the president within 90 days.
The U.S. Senate passed a unanimous resolution last Friday calling for an investigation into the origin of COVID-19. The 209 members of the House of Representatives also recently sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asking Congress to investigate the origin of the virus and hold the Chinese Communist Party responsible for concealing the outbreak.