There is mounting evidence that in addition to China trying to cover up the origin of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, they might also be covering up that the virus came from a laboratory, not the “wet markets” as many assume.
There is a great deal of deliberately blurring the line between “engineered in a lab” and “originated in a lab.” There is no evidence this virus is manmade. There is considerable circumstantial evidence it may be natural but accidentally released.https://t.co/OrZ2FXpntW
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) April 3, 2020
Jim Geraghty, despite being a Jets fan, is a fantastic political correspondent for National Review, and he really laid out all the reasons to believe that the virus came from a laboratory. It’s long, but it’s worth reading, and it is very alarming:
It is understandable that many would be wary of the notion that the origin of the coronavirus could be discovered by some documentary filmmaker who used to live in China. Matthew Tye, who creates YouTube videos, contends he has identified the source of the coronavirus — and a great deal of the information that he presents, obtained from public records posted on the Internet, checks out.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology in China indeed posted a job opening on November 18, 2019, “asking for scientists to come research the relationship between the coronavirus and bats.”
On December 24, 2019, the Wuhan Institute of Virology posted a second job posting. The translation of that posting includes the declaration, “long-term research on the pathogenic biology of bats carrying important viruses has confirmed the origin of bats of major new human and livestock infectious diseases such as SARS and SADS, and a large number of new bat and rodent new viruses have been discovered and identified.”
Continue reading at National Review.
Now it is important to note that there is a YUGE distinction between the conspiracy theories that say China created a bioweapon on purpose to attack the West, and Geraghty’s contention here that there is evidence the virus somehow leaked from a lab.
Here’s his conclusion from all the evidence he documented:
Virologists have been vehemently skeptical of the theory that COVID-19 was engineered or deliberately constructed in a laboratory; the director of the National Institutes of Health has written that recent genomic research “debunks such claims by providing scientific evidence that this novel coronavirus arose naturally.” And none of the above is definitive proof that COVID-19 originated from a bat at either the Wuhan Center for Disease Control & Prevention or the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Definitive proof would require much broader access to information about what happened in those facilities in the time period before the epidemic in the city.
But it is a remarkable coincidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was researching Ebola and SARS-associated coronaviruses in bats before the pandemic outbreak, and that in the month when Wuhan doctors were treating the first patients of COVID-19, the institute announced in a hiring notice that “a large number of new bat and rodent new viruses have been discovered and identified.” And the fact that the Chinese government spent six weeks insisting that COVID-19 could not be spread from person to person means that its denials about Wuhan laboratories cannot be accepted without independent verification.
I think there will be more information coming out about this, but it doesn’t help that our media is looking the other way because this kind of inquiry could indirectly help their mortal enemy, Donald Trump.