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According to the Biden administration, which is now demanding an investigation from lawmakers, the Wuhan Institute of Virology is “still up and running.” This is the same lab from which the virus that causes COVID-19 may have originated, according to the former CIA director and Secretary of State under President Donald Trump.
“That virology lab is still up and running. It’s still probably conducting the same kinds of research it was conducting that may have well led to this virus escaping from that laboratory,” Mike Pompeo said on Fox News.
There is "enormous evidence" that SARS CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, escaped from the lab, according to Pompeo.
“What I can say for sure is this: we know that they were engaged in efforts connected to the People’s Liberation Army inside of that laboratory, so military activity being performed alongside what they claimed was just good old civilian research,” Pompeo said. “They refuse to tell us what it was, they refuse to describe the nature of either of those, they refused to allow access to the World Health Organization when it tried to get in there.”
Experts agree that the pandemic began in Wuhan, but social media platforms such as Facebook and others have previously prohibited posts that claim the virus began in a lab. However, reports have circulated in recent weeks that the virus may have originated in the Wuhan facility, prompting even members of President Joe Biden's cabinet to demand answers.
According to a previously undisclosed US intelligence report, three Wuhan Institute researchers were hospitalized in November 2019 with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“The details of the reporting go beyond a State Department fact sheet, issued during the final days of the Trump administration, which said that several researchers at the lab, a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens, became sick in autumn 2019 ‘with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness,’” The Journal reported. “The disclosure of the number of researchers, the timing of their illnesses and their hospital visits come on the eve of a meeting of the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, which is expected to discuss the next phase of an investigation into Covid-19’s origins.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has repeatedly stated that the virus originated in a bat, appeared to backtrack on his earlier suggestion that the virus spread from animals to humans as Republicans on Capitol Hill demanded more information.
As Republican lawmakers demand answers and top scientists admit the virus could have originated in a Chinese lab, a top Biden cabinet member demanded last week that the World Health Organization (WHO) launch a more "transparent" investigation into the virus's origins.
In an address to the World Health Assembly, a conference organized by the WHO, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said on Tuesday that independent experts from around the world must be allowed to “fully assess the source of the virus and the early days of the outbreak.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic not only stole a year from our lives, it stole millions of lives,” Becerra said. “Now we must honor our departed by taking urgent action this year — to strengthen health security and pandemic preparedness so that we are better prepared for the next global health crisis.”
Other top US health officials have begun to speculate about the virus's origins. Last week, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's "possible" the virus was created in a lab.