Congressional Republicans are getting ready to present their most compelling case regarding the theory that Covid-19 may have originated in a lab in a Wuhan.
Anyone, including former President Donald Trump, who stated that the deadly virus may have been created in a Wuhan lab was labeled as a conspiracy theorist, however now, that theory is continuing to gather steam, with many Republicans believing they now have concrete evidence to support it.
Over the past few months, many public health experts, scientists, and government advisors are starting to believe in the theory, calling for an investigation into the origins of the virus.
They have called for an independent investigation into China, yet the Chinese Communist Party has denied access.
The Republican case
Republicans who sit on the Foreign Affairs Committee have built a case that they believe will prove that Covid-19 escaped the Wuhan Institute of Virology “sometime before September 12th, 2019.”
However, one of the issues they currently have is that the Democrats have complete control of Congress and all of its committees, meaning that Republicans do not have the power to issue subpoenas during their investigation.
To make matters worse, the Democrats have shown little interest in investigating the lab leak theories, meaning they will be unlikely to aid Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce Committees.
Republicans claim that on September 12th, 2019, the Wuhan University issued notice for urgent lab inspections.
Hours after the notice was issued, the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s sequence database was stripped of the internet, and is yet to be reuploaded.
Later in the same evening, the WIV released an announcement calling for bids for “security services” at the lab, including armed guards and increased surveillance.
The Republican report also cites testimony from a “former senior US official,” that claims Major General Chen Wei, who is an expert in biology and defense against chemical weapons, took control of the lab’s operations in the institute’s biosafety level in late-2019.
The report concludes that the timing of this appointment by the Chinese Communist Party shows that the government was “concerned” regarding the events at the institute, implying that they already knew about the virus in September 2019, instead of December 2019.
The report also includes satellite information that shows an increase in hospital visits in the province, alongside an increase in internet searches for Covid-19 symptoms.
Republican researchers also believe that the World Military Games, which was held in Wuhan in October 2019, may have acted as a super spreader event, allowing the virus to spread out of Wuhan and into multiple continents throughout the back-end of the year.
The report also claims that numerous athletes had complained about Covid-19 symptoms during and after the event.
However, WIV personnel continue to deny the theories surrounding the origins of the virus.
In January 2021, Dr. Shi Zheng-li, a senior scientist at the institute, stated that she would not answer questions if they relate to the “conspiracy of man-made or lab leak of SARS-CoV-2,” when being quizzed over the disappearance of the institute’s online viral database.
President Joe Biden issued a deadline for Congressional Republicans to fully present their findings, a deadline that is due to expire in the next few weeks.