A new report released by Republicans on the origin of the virus supports recent theories that the COVID-19 accidentally leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. Top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Mike McCaul, released the report and also urged for a bipartisan investigation into the virus responsible for more than 4.4 million people across the world.
According to Newsmax:
The report also cited “ample evidence” that Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) scientists — aided by U.S. experts and Chinese and U.S. government funds — were working to modify coronaviruses to infect humans and such manipulation could be hidden.
“We now believe it’s time to completely dismiss the wet market as the source,” said the report. “We also believe the preponderance of the evidence proves the virus did leak from the WIV and that it did so sometime before September 12, 2019.”
The report cited what it called new and under-reported information about safety protocols at the lab, including a July 2019 request for a $1.5 million overhaul of a hazardous waste treatment system for the facility, which was less than two years old.
In April, the top U.S. intelligence agency said it concurred with the scientific consensus that the virus was not man-made or genetically modified.
China has continued to deny allegations that it actively engaged in a coverup to hide the origins of the genetically mutated virus.