Published: Tue, May 25, 2021

Wuhan researchers fell ill with Covid -19 symptoms in December 2019

Wuhan researchers fell ill with Covid -19 symptoms in December 2019

The Wall Street Journal Researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virginology were hospitalized after falling "with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illnesses" in November 2019, previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence. The development is significant as calls for a broader probe into whether the coronavirus might have escaped from a laboratory continue to grow.

"Maria, it's hard to believe it's been 15 months since you and I first discussed what I think most Arkansans think is a very common-sense proposition - that is surely as a big coincidence that this virus started not up in some remote mountain village with caves full of bats, but rather in downtown Wuhan, a city larger than NY, just a few blocks up the road from labs that was researching bat-based coronaviruses", he said.

This report by HPSCI comes after 18 of the world's foremost Covid-19 researchers, in an open letter, asked for a new investigation of all possible origins of the virus while calling on China's laboratories and agencies to "open their records" to independent analysis.

But the evidence is far from definitive. "What it didn't tell you was exactly why they [Wuhan researchers] got sick".

"The threads of circumstantial information suggest the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and resulting Covid-19 pandemic could have been the result of an accidental leak from the WIV, particularly given the absence of credible information that supports a zoonotic transmission".

According to a State Department fact sheet released past year, the United States said, "Several researchers in WIV became ill in the fall of 2019, before the first case was identified, COVID-19 and the general season".

"Those claims are groundless", he said. "The lab has not been aware of this situation [sick researchers in autumn 2019], and I don't even know where such information came from". "As a matter of policy we never comment on intelligence issues".

The theory that the killer virus leaked from a Chinese lab was fuelled by, among others, the administration of former U.S. president Donald Trump. China delayed access to worldwide investigators for months after the initial outbreak, virtually guaranteeing that the lab had been deep-cleaned before any forensic analysis could be done, and investigators were also not allowed to view original data logs that scientists say would be critical to understanding the virus' origins.

The World Health Organization has been criticized for being overly respectful of China during the investigation, with the final report Co-authored by 17 Chinese scientists, Some of them work in government-run institutions.


The WHO-led team that visited Wuhan concluded in a joint report with Chinese experts in March that the virus most likely spread from bats to humans via another animal, and that a laboratory leak was "extremely unlikely".

In February, NBC News reported that USA intelligence did not rule out the possibility of a laboratory accident, noting that more and more scientists are urging investigations into that possibility. Zhao said the US has been hyping the lab-leak theory.

In response to this statement, coronavirus expert Shi Zhengli told WSJ that it would be impossible for the virus to have leaked from the lab.

In retrospect, it seems like Fauci was trying to protect himself, as it turns out that his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases may have funded "controversial "gain of function" research where coronaviruses were made 'more infectious in humans, '" at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Earlier on, Fauci had said he believes the virus was not lab-developed.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he is "convinced" that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a Chinese lab - and is accusing the Communist government of covering up the leak.

"Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out".

"Knowing how COVID-19 emerged is critical for informing global strategies to mitigate the risk of future outbreaks". They have called in particular for better access to data and samples from potential early Covid-19 cases.

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