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The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Source: Zerohedge.

Rep. Michael McCaul’s addendum to his Origins of COVID-19 report from September 2020 provides evidence suggesting the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is the source of the pandemic. The document outlines some of the steps WIV researchers and Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance took to cover up their virus research.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican’s report also explains how the WIV researchers’ published scientific papers prove the Institute was conducting dangerous gain-of-function research on coronaviruses at unsafe biosafety levels.

Moreover, WIV researchers have allegedly been able to secretly genetically modify coronaviruses as early as 2016.

“As we continue to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe it’s time to completely dismiss the wet market as the source of the outbreak. Instead, as this report lays out, a preponderance of the evidence proves that all roads lead to the WIV,” stated Mr McCaul.

“We know gain-of-function research was happening at the WIV, and we know it was being done in unsafe conditions. We also now know the head of the Chinese CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], and the director of the WIV’s BSL-4 lab publicly expressed concerns about safety at PRC labs in the summer of 2019.”

WIV scientists were reportedly conducting gain-of-function research at BSL-2 and BSL-3 safety levels. A BSL-2 lab’s safety protocols are equivalent to a dentist’s office.

Mr McCaul said the virus likely escaped around late August or early September 2019.

“When they realized what happened, Chinese Communist Party officials and scientists at the WIV began frantically covering up the leak, including taking their virus database offline in the middle of the night and requesting more than $1 million for additional security,” he continued.

“But their coverup was too late – the virus was already spreading throughout the megacity of Wuhan. Within a month, satellite images show a significant uptick in the number of people at hospitals around the WIV with symptoms similar to COVID-19. At the same time, athletes at the Military World Games became sick with symptoms similar to COVID-19. Some of them carried the virus back to their home countries – creating one of the earliest super spreader events in the world, and explaining how countries who participated in the games had reported cases as early as November 2019.”

The House Republican also expressed concern over the scientific community initially convincing the public that modifying viruses without leaving a trace was impossible when such technology had existed long before the pandemic. Scientists have genetically engineered coronaviruses without a hint of modification since 2005. The WIV has achieved similar modification success successfully since 2016, three years before the outbreak.

“Now is the time to use all of the tools the US government has to continue to root out the full truth of how this virus came to be. That includes subpoenaing Peter Daszak to appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to answer the many questions his inconsistent – and in some instances outright and knowingly inaccurate – statements have raised,” stated Mr McCaul.

“It also includes Congress passing legislation to sanction scientists at the WIV and CCP [Chinese Communist Party] officials who participated in this coverup. This was the greatest coverup of all time and has caused the deaths of more than four million people around the world, and people must be held responsible.”

Peter Daszak has attempted to hide his links to the WIV while labelling anyone suspecting a lab leak as a conspiracy theorist.

The WIV’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases director Shi Zhengli, nicknamed “Bat Woman,” has repeatedly denied the WIV’s gain-of-function research and the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) collaboration with the Institute. She has lied about the WIV’s lack of safety protocols and why the WIV virus database went offline on September 12, 2019.

Ms Shi has also covered up the WIV’s timing in sequencing the closest known relative virus to SARS-CoV-2 to hide their prior knowledge of the virus.

Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans. (August 1, 2021). McCaul Releases Addendum to Origins of COVID-19 Report.

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