A new report reveals that several workers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology became ill and may have even been hospitalized about a month before COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan.
From Fox News:
The State Department acknowledged in January 2021 the “United States government has reason to believe that several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019.” It found that they’d experienced symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 “and common seasonal illness.”
While classified as a “common seasonal illness,” other sources indicate that the infections may have actually been quite serious:
But on Sunday, The Wall Street Journal, citing a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report, went further and said these workers required hospital care. The report said it was not entirely unusual for people in China to visit hospitals instead of primary care physicians, but the report could lend weight to the theory that the coronavirus leaked from a laboratory.
The story comes as Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has at times dismissed the “lab leak theory,” made waves when he acknowledged he was “not convinced” that the virus was spread naturally.
“I am not convinced about that, I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened.,” Fauci said.
But Fauci wasn’t always willing to entertain the idea of the virus originating in a lab. “If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated. … Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species,” Fauci said in May 2020.
China has continued to deny that the pandemic causing virus originated from a lab, even going so far as to promote conspiracy theories that the virus was brought into China by overseas frozen seafood shipments.
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