According to a previously unpublished United States intelligence report, three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) sought hospital treatment in November 2019, months before China announced the CCP Virus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak.
The intelligence, gathered by “an international partner,” expands on a U.S. State Department document published on January 15, revealing that the WIV staff became ill in fall 2019 with symptoms “consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illness,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
Since it offers new information on the number of researchers affected, the timing of their infections, and their hospital visits, the study strengthens a leading hypothesis: the CCP Virus reached the human population and started spreading after escaping from a lab.
The Chinese communist government has continuously denied that the virus was leaked out from the WIV.
Beijing authorities insisted that the reported case was on December 8, 2019.
Shi Zhengli, WIV’s top bat coronavirus specialist, has claimed that the CCP Virus did not leak from her labs.
She told a WHO-led team investigating the virus’s origins in Wuhan that all of the workers had tested negative for CCP Virus antibodies, and they had had no turnover.
In a joint study with Chinese experts released in March, the team concluded that the CCP Virus most likely transmitted from bats to humans through another species and that a laboratory leak was “extremely unlikely.”
Team members, meanwhile, said that they did not see raw data or original lab, protection, or other documents.
On the same day as the report was published, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the team had not properly investigated the lab leak hypothesis and called for a more thorough investigation.
Members of the team also mentioned that they requested access to a Wuhan blood bank in order to test samples for antibodies prior to December 2019.
The Chinese authorities initially refused, citing privacy concerns, but later agreed, according to team members, but they have yet to grant access.
The fact that there were contaminated Wuhan researchers “before the first identified case of the epidemic” has raised “questions about Dr. Shi’s credibility.”
The report did not come to a conclusion about how exactly the pandemic started but criticized Beijing for its “deceit and disinformation.”
China’s foreign minister Wang Yi told the the Wall Street Journal that “the U.S. continues to hype the lab leak theory.”
“Is it actually concerned about tracing the source or trying to divert attention?” he said.
Many countries were left dissatisfied by the Chinese regime’s lack of transparency. Not only the United States, but Norway, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries also expressed concern about the WHO-led CCP Virus origins report in March.
They are calling for further analysis and complete access to all relevant human, animal, and other data about the outbreak’s early stages.
The Journal article was published on the eve of a meeting of the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, which is expected to discuss the next step in the inquiry into the CCP Virus’s origins.
Mike Pompeo, former U.S. Secretary of State, has called on the Chinese Communist Party to provide evidence to quell the theory that the CCP Virus originated in a Wuhan lab.
Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” on May 18, 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.”
“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,” he said.