Earlier this week, USA government sources familiar with intelligence reporting and analysis said a still-classified US intelligence report circulated during former President Donald Trump's administration alleged that three researchers at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital care.
Cotton, R-Ark., expressed doubt that the taxpayer money that went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study coronaviruses did not support "gain of function" research, which involves modifying a virus to make it more infectious among humans.
The Republican report asserted that there was "significant circumstantial evidence raises serious concerns that the COVID19 outbreak may have been a leak" from the institute, suggested the Wuhan lab was involved in biological weapons research, and that Beijing had attempted to "cover up" the virus' origins. "We need to improve transparency, immediately share critical information about outbreaks with pandemic potential, and strengthen health systems to withstand shocks", Becerra said, while calling for a "strong and agile" WHO.
The reemergence of the Wuhan lab theory has gained attention in Congress as well, where some lawmakers have moved to cut off funding that may have gone to the lab, among other measures.
The previous coronaviruses that infect humans, SARS and MERS, quickly traced back to civets and camels.
China has repeatedly dismissed any suggestion the virus leaked from a lab, but other global scientists also want a more thorough investigation to find out what exactly happened in Wuhan in late 2019.
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"Now everyone agrees that I was right when I called Wuhan as a source of COVID-19", the former president said on Tuesday. In a letter in Science last week, a mix of virologists, epidemiologists and other scientists also called for further investigation, writing: "Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable". Rogin says if we want to get to the bottom of this we need to admit the World Health Organization can't be trusted after they hired corrupt and conflicted scientists to investigate the origins.
"It was obvious to me from the beginning, but as always I was badly criticized".
"Until we have enough data, we need to make serious hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers", a group of researchers from top U.S. universities published in Science in mid-May. "Now they are all saying 'He was right.' Thank you!" "I still believe that the most likely scenario is that this was a natural occurrence", Fauci said. "I'm very much where Dr. Fauci is with the desire to be as transparent as possible in this situation and really try to find out what happened".
"But we don't know the 100% answer to that".
However, many experts are still cautious.
The truth may never be known, Gottlieb said. Evidence supporting a lab leak won't surface unless there is a whistleblower or regime change in China.