As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world, the question of where the virus originated remains a critical issue. For months, the theory that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China has been dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by Democrats and the mainstream media. However, recent developments suggest that the lab leak theory may not be so far-fetched after all.
The Department of Energy and FBI now admit that COVID-19 may have originated from a lab leak, but House Republicans have recently discovered a bombshell: Dr. Anthony Fauci commissioned a paper to disprove the lab leak theory.
In February 2020, Fauci cited the paper, called The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2, as evidence that the lab leak was “improbable,” without revealing that he had commissioned it.
Emails uncovered by House Republicans reveal that Fauci had final approval on the paper and commissioned it to disprove the lab leak theory.
The emails also show that Dr. Kristian Andersen wrote the paper at Fauci’s behest, despite later claiming that Fauci did not influence his work.
The House GOP says that Andersen’s email in February stating that their work was focused on trying to disprove any type of lab theory contradicts this claim.
In addition, Jeremy Farrar, the head of the British nonprofit the Wellcome Trust, who has historic ties to the pharmaceutical industry and is now the Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization, tried to edit the paper to replace the word “unlikely” with “improbable” in a statement about the possibility of a lab leak origin.
Even with the edits, Francis Collins, Fauci’s NIH boss, expressed dismay that the paper did not squash the lab leak hypothesis and asked if the NIH could do more to “put down” the lab leak hypothesis. The next day, Fauci cited the paper from the White House podium when asked if COVID-19 leaked from a lab.
This has led House Republicans to question why Fauci was so desperate to steer people away from the possibility of a lab leak theory.
Some speculate that it may be because of gain-of-function research being conducted in the Wuhan lab. However, Democrats and much of the media have been stonewalling the issue for so long, but hopefully, the Committee will hold people accountable and get to the bottom of this information.