Coronavirus Came from Chinese Lab, China Covered it Up, Bombshell Report Claims
COVID-19 disaster could go down as biggest government coverup of all time
During investigations into the origins of COVID-19, U.S. officials have reportedly uncovered evidence the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab and China's ruling Communist Party blamed wet markets to cover it up, according to a bombshell new report.
Fox News reported late on Wednesday officials have revealed that the Chinese government blamed a wet market in Wuhan to deflect blame from the lab and destroyed evidence of the experiments.
COVID-19 originated in a laboratory as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States, according to the report.
Citing "multiple sources who have been briefed on the details of early actions by China’s government," Fox reveals that the "initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human, and that ‘patient zero’ worked at the laboratory, then went into the population in Wuhan.”
In response to the report, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded that China "comes clean" about the origins of the deadly pandemic.
According to the report, the World Health Organization (WHO) is "complicit" in the cover-up and has been "helping China cover its tracks" from "the beginning" of the outbreak.
It comes after President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. is trying to determine whether the coronavirus first crossed to humans accidentally during experiments with bats at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab.
Documents detail early efforts by doctors at the lab and early efforts at containment, according to Fox News.
The Wuhan wet market initially identified as a possible point of origin never sold bats, and the sources tell Fox News that blaming the wet market was an effort by China to deflect blame from the laboratory, along with the country’s propaganda efforts targeting the U.S. and Italy.
China "100 percent" suppressed data and changed data, the sources tell Fox News.
Samples were destroyed, contaminated areas scrubbed, some early reports erased, and academic articles stifled.
A U.S. official told Fox News that this was potentially the “costliest government coverup of all time.”
Fox News’ report came after comments from the network’s White House correspondent, John Roberts, during the Coronavirus Task Force press briefing on Wednesday.
“Multiple sources are telling Fox News today that the United States government now has high confidence that while the coronavirus is a naturally occurring virus, it emanated from a virology lab in Wuhan," Roberts said.
"That because of lack safety protocols, an intern was infected who later infected her boyfriend, and then went to the wet market in Wuhan where it began to spread.”
“Does that correspond to with what you have heard from officials?” Roberts asked.
“Well, I don’t want to say that John, but I will tell you, more and more we’re hearing the story and we’ll see,” President Trump responded.
"When you say multiple sources, now there’s a case where you can use the word ‘sources.’
"But we are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened.”
“In your many conversations with President Xi, Mr. President, did you ever discuss with him State Department concerns about lack safety protocols that had been reported to the State Department from the embassy in Beijing about that laboratory?” Roberts asked.
“I don’t want to discuss what I talked to him about the laboratory,” Trump said.
“I just don’t want to discuss it. It’s inappropriate right now.”
The news follows a Tuesday report from The Washington Post, revealing that the State Department had repeatedly warned that the Wuhan lab was conducting coronavirus research on bats in 2018.
Officials had reportedly warned that there were safety concerns at the lab.
“In January 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing took the unusual step of repeatedly sending U.S. science diplomats to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which had in 2015 become China’s first laboratory to achieve the highest level of international bioresearch safety (known as BSL-4),” The Post’s reported.
“What the U.S. officials learned during their visits concerned them so much that they dispatched two diplomatic cables categorized as Sensitive But Unclassified back to Washington.”
"The cable was a warning shot," one U.S. official told The Post.
"They were begging people to pay attention to what was going on.”
"The idea that it was just a totally natural occurrence is circumstantial,” the official continued.
"The evidence it leaked from the lab is circumstantial.
"Right now, the ledger on the side of it leaking from the lab is packed with bullet points and there’s almost nothing on the other side.”