Canadian scientist and Harvard postdoctoral associate Alina Chan acknowledged that the expert scientific community feared being associated with then-President Donald Trump and so did not demand to investigate the hypothesis that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus had leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China.
“At the time, it was scarier to be associated with Trump and to become a tool for racists, so people didn’t want to publicly call for an investigation into lab origins,” according to NBC News on June 16.
But despite suspicions, there were not many facts to rely on to confirm that the origin of the CCP Virus was Wuhan.
“I know a lot of people want to have a smoking gun,” he said. “It’s more like breadcrumbs everywhere, and they’re not always leading in one direction. It’s like the whole floor is covered in breadcrumbs.”
Nevertheless, Alina Chan and 17 other experts signed a letter in May calling for further investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. They did not do so before because they were wary of aligning themselves too closely with Trump.
This determined and public act appears to have generated a tipping point in the fear and blame attitude of specialists and may have served as a spur to move toward testing alternative theories such as the Wuhan leak.
“I think it had a big effect,” Chan said. “I think it literally helped all the people who wanted to investigate this by saying: This is not bogus. Top scientists think this is plausible.”
Chan was justly among those who urged scientists, from the early days of the pandemic, to take seriously the possibility of the coronavirus escaping from a lab, according to Daily Wire.
Moreover, she repeatedly tweeted about the possibility of a lab escape in May 2020 and refuted the theory that the pandemic originated in the Wuhan wet market.
Conversely, the scientists downplayed the possibility that the pandemic could have originated in the lab and published a letter in The Lancet criticizing that theory and apparently siding with the CCP, denying that origin and preventing research on its own territory.
“The Lancet’s statement effectively ended the debate on the origins of COVID-19 before it began. For Gilles Demaneuf, who was following it from the sidelines, it was as if he had been ‘nailed to the church doors’, establishing the natural origin theory as orthodox. Everyone had to follow it. Everybody was intimidated. That set the tone,” Vanity Fair commented.
On the other hand, since the virus outbreak was announced on December 31, 2019, the Trump administration raised the possibility that the virus had escaped from the Wuhan virology lab.
Now the tendency to consider it true is growing stronger. In this regard, the approach has been corroborated by virologist and whistleblower Dr. Li Meng Yang, who reported human-to-human transmission of the virus after being ordered to investigate it by her supervisor, World Health Organization consultant Leo Poon.
Dr. Yan reiterated last month her claim that the CCP had manufactured the COVID-19 virus to wage biological weapons warfare around the world.
“This bioweapon is non-traditional and unrestricted by nature. I have presented in my previous reports that the virus is man-made,” Yan stated.
She added: “This is very good evidence to support my report and to verify that the coronavirus is the Chinese government’s homegrown project. I called it a non-restricted bioweapon project.”