Mike Pompeo, former U.S. Secretary of State, has called on China to provide evidence to quell the theory that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus (COVID-19, or coronavirus), originated in a Wuhan lab.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday, Pompeo argued that all circumstantial evidence points to the Wuhan lab as the source of COVID-19’s spread, blaming the CCP for “doing everything they could to cover up and deflect.”

Pompeo said that even the left wanted to deny that theory.

Below are Pompeo’s statements to America’s Newsroom regarding the theory that coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan.

  • “I remember coming home and got notes from friends saying, are you sure? The left wanted to deny that it was possible that this is what had actually happened. They were adopting what was essentially CCP propaganda. The Chinese came out very hard and wanted to make clear it didn’t come from their laboratory. 
  • You’ll remember at one point, they pointed to the United States as the source of this virus, doing everything they could to cover up and to deflect. The Chinese Communist Party was actively engaged in viral research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 
  • While I can’t prove it, every piece of evidence—and you’ve seen scientists today come out saying we need more investigation—points to a leak from this laboratory. That’s all circumstantial, to be sure. The people who could clean this up and answer the questions have refused to do. …  If I’m wrong, they could embarrass Mike Pompeo. Come on, bring it. Show the world this didn’t come from Wuhan Institute of Virology. 
  • They’re not gonna do that. They know they covered this up in the same way that Chernobyl was covered up for so long. We saw the same results, millions of people dead.” 

The concept that the COVID-19 (CCP Virus) virus escaped from a Chinese facility was once regarded as a conspiracy theory, but it is now garnering widespread attention. As a result, the reputations of well-known scientists are jeopardized, as is their personal safety.

Peter Daszak, whose EcoHealth Alliance has worked closely with Chinese coronavirus scientists for years, is at the center of the storm. Republicans have chastised him, and his research has been denied funding by the National Institutes of Health. He received a barrage of threats, including hate letters containing unknown powders. He admitted in a rare interview that he could not confirm the deadly COVID-19 virus was caused by a lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“It’s a good conspiracy theory,” Daszak told KHN. “Foreigners designing a virus in a mysterious lab, a nefarious activity, and then the cloak of secrecy around China.”

Daszak has repeatedly appeared on CGTN, including praising the network as “fantastic” and “great” and defending scientific collaboration with the CCP as “important.”

According to a favorite theory, the COVID-19 virus developed through spontaneous mutations. It traveled from bats to humans, presumably in one of China’s numerous “wet markets,” where caged animals are sold and butchered. Another possibility is that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute via an infected lab worker.

Stanley Perlman, a virologist from the University of Iowa, was not among the Science letter signatories. He said the fact that no bat or other animal has been found infected with anything matching the COVID-19 virus, which spread through Wuhan at the end of 2019, “has put the lab leak hypothesis back on the table.” However, he added that there is no evidence to back up that theory either.

Alina Chan, a postdoctoral researcher at the Broad Institute who signed the Science letter, agrees that there is no “dispositive” evidence for COVID-19’s emergence in either way. However, proof has been gathered by a network of amateur sleuths indicating the Wuhan Institute has COVID-like viruses in its collection that it has not deposited in global databases, as is expected during a worldwide pandemic, she said.

“We don’t have access to that data,” Chan said. She and other researchers are perplexed as to why the COVID-19 virus was so well-suited to human-to-human transmission from the start, with no evidence of an intermediate host or circulation in the human population before the Wuhan outbreak.

Although China has closed its laboratories to an outside investigation, Chan said it does not mean that all investigative avenues have been closed. As the virus spread, many Chinese scientists communicated with colleagues and publications in other countries. According to Chan, those contacts could include clues, and someone should meticulously investigate the people who were contacted.

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