Journalists and security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology after a visit by the World Health Organization team in Wuhan in China’s Hubei province on Feb. 3, 2021.
/ July 8, 2021
A growing consensus among scientists and the political class backed by the latest information and intelligence points to Covid-19 originating at a Chinese laboratory.
Determining where, why and how a pandemic began is crucial not only to to preventing further disease outbreaks but to an effective security response to what was conceivably an act of war, analysts say.
But Democrats on the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis, chaired by House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, have balked at conducting hearings or investigations into the questions surrounding the origin of the virus.
“There is mounting scientific evidence that Covid-19 originated from the [Wuhan Institute of Virology] in Wuhan, China and gain-of-function research was used to make the virus more infectious,” Republican members of the committee said in a statement.
“The left-wing media called it a ‘fringe conspiracy theory,’ Big Tech censored it, activists in white lab coats dismissed it, and Democrats ignored it, but there is growing evidence communist China started the pandemic, covered it up, and is responsible for the deaths of more than 600,000 Americans and millions more worldwide,” said Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and James Comer of Kentucky, who hosted a meeting of committee Republicans on June 30.
Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher, Wisconsin Republican, urged the federal government to assist investigations into the origin of Covid-19 by releasing intelligence and issuing subpoenas to virus experts at the EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based organization that worked closely with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). He said Congress should also investigate whether taxpayer funds were spent on virus research at the WIV. China‘s work on potential biological weapons also should be investigated, he said.
A review of the subcommittee’s previous hearings and press statements reveals no action taken on investigating or identifying the origin point of the pandemic.
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