Former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Bomen told the media on May 30 that he believes it is possible to find the origin of COVID-19. He noted that many ethical scientists will come forward after the U.S. makes tracing the source of the poison a priority.
Matthew Pottinger, a former U.S. deputy national security adviser, said Sunday, May 30, while discussing the theory that the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory that he believes it is possible to determine the origin of COVID-19, according to The Hill.
I think there’s a lot that can be learned in 90 days,” Bomen told Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press. He was referring to President Biden’s recent request for a report from the U.S. intelligence community on the origin of the coronavirus within 90 days.
Finding an answer is possible, and even if we don’t get an ultimate answer, we will lay a foundation for scientists around the world to reveal more, and they will be bolder from now on because they know it’s a priority for the United States, Bomen added.
Asked if he believed that the “ultimate answer” to the origin of the coronavirus could be found even if the Chinese government did not cooperate, Bomen said, “I think it’s possible. It would take more than 90 days, you see, to… China has some incredible, ethical scientists, many of whom came forward in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic and said they suspected the virus was a laboratory leak.”
“These people were later systematically silenced by their government.” The global effort now led by the United States to find the origin of the coronavirus may give “these scientists the courage to come forward.”
In the interview, Bomen was also asked whether “criticism of China by former U.S. President Donald Trump and others, whom he served, has delayed the investigation into the source of the virus.
Bomen replied that he believes the main reason for the delay in efforts to trace the virus back to its source was, first and foremost, early statements by some scientists refuting the notion that the virus could have come from a laboratory. In effect, he said, the early statements by these scientists scandalously mocked those who thought the virus could have come from a laboratory.
I think it’s more of an institutional flaw: The intelligence community was counting on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to play a leading role, to be the lead agency in monitoring disease outbreaks and so on,” he added.
The hypothesis that coronavirus Covid-19 may have originated from an accidental leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research was wrongly set aside by the WHO investigation team’s report, 18 scientists said in an open letter published May 13 in the American journal Science.
The Wall Street Journal reported May 23 that three researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virus Research, in November 2019, developed serious medical conditions and sought medical treatment at a hospital, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report.