The U.S. is set to investigate whether the novel coronavirus, which created a worldwide pandemic, escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China instead of the circulating rumors that it began at a wet market in China.
Information is being gathered by intelligence operatives on the laboratory and the initial outbreak of the virus. Analysts want to create a timeline of what the government knew and is working on “creating an accurate picture of what happened,” say sources.
When the investigation is complete, which is expected to be very soon, the findings will be promptly reported to the Trump administration. The president and White House policymakers will then determine how they will hold China accountable for the devastation the pandemic has caused as well as the loss of life.
U.S. Officials and the intelligence community have now confirmed to Fox News that while the outbreak is likely to have originated in a Wuhan lab, it was not man-made or engineered inside China as some sort of bioweapon. Instead, sources point to the structure of the virus, which indicates that the genome mapping specifically shows it was not genetically altered.
It is said that it was part of China’s effort to show that they are equal or greater in their ability to identify and combat viruses than those in the U.S. The initial transmission of the virus was a naturally occurring strain that was being studied by Dr. Shi Zhengli, who was working on antivirals and immunizations for coronavirus with bats. But then, it somehow made it into the population in Wuhan.
If that wasn’t bad enough, U.S. officials are 100 percent confident that China went to great lengths to cover up the fact that the virus was out. According to sources, the World Health Organization was either complicit in the coverup or looked the other way.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday reiterated that the administration was looking at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and have even accused the Chinese government of stonewalling scientists from finding out the truth about what really happened.
“We know that the first sightings of this occurred within miles of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. We know that this – the history of the facility, the first BSL-4 lab where there’s high-end virus research being conducted, took place at that site,” Pompeo said on the Hugh Hewitt Show. “We know that the Chinese Communist Party, when it began to evaluate what to do inside of Wuhan, considered whether the WIV was, in fact, the place where this came from.”
“And most importantly, we know they’ve not permitted the world’s scientists to go into that laboratory to evaluate what took place there, what’s happening there, what’s happening there even as we speak,” he said.
There has been speculation all over the world that the virus originated in a Chinese laboratory. A February study on the origins of the virus from the South China University of Technology concluded: “In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”
If this is the case, and the virus did indeed escape from a Chinese laboratory, the global retaliation against the Chinese government could be significant, as the virus has sickened and killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world and destroyed many economies.