The House Republicans released a study supporting the assertion, arguing that there is “circumstantial proof” that the virus originated in a Wuhan facility.
The US government has struggled to dismiss rumors that the virus was caused by a Chinese accident, even as it calls on Beijing to be more forthcoming about its position.
COVID-19 is much more likely to have originated in animals and spread naturally to humans, according to a study in The Daily Mail.
Similarly, opponents of the Biden administration have charged that in order to avoid angering China, the government is not saying the whole truth and is not moving hard enough.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, testified before Congress on Wednesday about the agency’s budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins on October 1.
Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, a Republican, asked her if she thought the pandemic began. Walensky said, ‘I don’t think I’ve seen enough data, person data, to be able to comment on that.’
‘Certainly the possibilities of, that most coronaviruses that we know of are of origin from, that have infected the population — SARS CoV-1, MERS — usually come from an animal origin,’ Walensky said when asked about the possibilities.
‘Are there any other options?’ Kennedy replied.
‘A lab-based origin is certainly a possibility,’ Walensky said.
She was also asked whether the US was supporting any ‘gain of function’ research – a dangerous and contentious technique that tinkers with a virus’s characteristics such as transmissibility and lethality.
‘Not that I’m aware of,’ Walensky answered.
She spoke when the House Intelligence Committee’s Republican members released their own report on the virus.
They came to the conclusion that the COVID-19 outbreak was caused by a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, based on “strong circumstantial evidence.”
‘However, international attempts to find the virus’s true source have been stymied by the People’s Republic of China’s lack of cooperation,’ says the study. Republicans sent a letter.
‘However, there is substantial circumstantial proof that the COVID-19 outbreak was caused by a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.’
They urged the federal government to put “more pressure on China” to allow for a “complete, credible investigation” into the origins of the global pandemic, according to the report obtained by Fox News.
Devin Nunes, the ranking member of the committee and a Republican from California, said it was “important for health experts and the US government to recognize how the COVID-19 virus emerged” in order to avoid “or rapidly reduce potential pandemics.”
China had a “history of research lab leaks resulting in infections,” according to Republicans.