By: Amy Jo Underwood
President Trump stated at the beginning of last year that he believed the COVID-19 pandemic was a result of a leak at a Wuhan lab - whether accidentally or intentional. For over a year, the mainstream media has ruled out the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic originating from a lab in China, insisting that it transmitted from bats to humans in a wet market. Now, the media is forced to admit that the outbreak may have been the result of a leak from the Wuhan Iab, giving credibility to the statements made by former President Trump.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has reversed his earlier statements regarding the coronavirus, again. Now, he has stated that it’s possible that the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, after eighteen scientists and researchers published a letter stating that all possible sources must be thoroughly investigated.
The Wall Street Journal reported that three lab researchers were hospitalized with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019, months before the outbreak was confirmed.
PolitiFact editor Katie Sanders asked Fauci if he was convinced that the virus did not originate in a lab. “No actually,” Fauci stated. "I am not convinced about that, I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened.”
The Chinese media immediately accused Fauci and the United States of “fanning a huge lie,” and accused Fauci of “betraying” Chinese scientists. The Chinese Communist Party has consistently kept its affairs secret, and their denial of releasing a virus that has killed over 3 million people is no surprise.
Although the “lab leak theory” was labeled as disinformation for the last year, it is becoming increasingly evident that its dismissal may have been more political than scientific, due to President Trump’s loud support of the theory. According to Forbes, the State Department was investigating the potential of a lab leak before being shut down by the Biden administration. The State Department has denied that it shut down the investigation.
Trump stated this week that he had “very little doubt” about the virus originating in the lab.
“We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data. A proper investigation should be transparent, objective, data-driven, inclusive of broad expertise, subject to independent oversight, and responsibly managed to minimize the impact of conflicts of interest. Public health agencies and research laboratories alike need to open their records to the public. Investigators should document the veracity and provenance of data from which analyses are conducted and conclusions drawn, so that analyses are reproducible by independent experts.” - May 14, 2021 letter signed by eighteen doctors and scientists (Jesse D. Bloom, Yujia Alina Chan, Ralph S. Baric, Pamela J. Bjorkman, Sarah Cobey, Benjamin E. Deverman, David N. Fisman, Ravindra Gupta, Akiko Iwasaki, Marc Lipsitch, Ruslan Medzhitov, Richard A. Neher, Rasmus Nielsen, Nick Patterson, Tim Stearns, Erik van Nimwegen, Michael Worobey, and David A. Relman)
“Now everybody is agreeing that I was right when I very early on called Wuhan as the source of COVID-19, sometimes referred to as the China Virus. To me it was obvious from the beginning but I was badly criticized, as usual. Now they are all saying ‘He was right.’ Thank you!” - former President Donald Trump