"Based on our investigation involving a variety of public and non-public information, we conclude that there are indications that SARS-CoV-2 may have been tied to China's biological weapons research program and spilled over to the human population during a lab-related incident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV)," stated the report of the investigation led by GOP Rep. Brad Wenstrup.
A declassified report by the intelligence community in October last year did not indicate whether COVID-19 emerged in nature or was created in a lab, but suggested it was not related to biological weapons.
In the recent report, the lawmakers slammed the intelligence community for failing to be transparent in its previous report. The committee said Intel downplayed important information relating to the possible links between the virus and China's bioweapons research.
"The [intelligence community] withheld key information from the public – information that could have been shared without damaging national security. These omissions likely skewed the public's understanding of key issues and deepened mistrust," it stated.
However, the GOP report pointed out that the outbreak was not intentional. "We have not seen any credible indication that the virus was intentionally, rather than accidentally, released," the report included. "Nor do we claim the information we have found is a smoking gun that definitively resolves the question of the origins of COVID-19 beyond all doubt."
Meanwhile, Republican Rep. Mike Turner said they would release more information backing their claim when Republicans control the House of Representatives next year. Turner earlier told Fox News Digital that he would be open to sending subpoenas forcing Biden administration witnesses to comply with investigations that include one on the origins of COVID-19.
Outgoing National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci told Sunday shows on both CBS News and ABC News late last month that he strongly believed COVID-19 did not come from a lab.
"It was a natural occurrence, yet [Chinese officials] were so secretive about it, that you might want to suspect about what they're hiding," Fauci said. "So right now, what we would really like to know is all of the details of what went on with the original people who were infected."
Back in September, during an interview with the Atlantic's Ross Andersen, Fauci said he is "keeping a completely open mind" about how COVID-19 first emerged in Wuhan in 2019. He also called for Beijing to be transparent regarding the virus's origins. (Related: Fauci calls for Beijing to be transparent about COVID origins.)
"The fact is, as a society when something occurs that looks like even if it is naturally coming out of China – they will be secretive about it because of this feeling that they are gonna get blamed for something," he said at the time. "If we were able to go and do surveillance easily in China, we would get a lot more information than we have now."
However, many believe that Fauci has actually been directly involved in the creation of SARS-CoV-2.
Dr. Lawrence Tabak, acting director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), divulged Fauci's involvement in gain-of-function research to Rep. James Comer (R-KY). He revealed in a letter that Fauci led a study on the manipulation of a bat coronavirus called WIV1.
WIV researchers grafted spike proteins from other coronaviruses onto WIV1 to see if the modified virus would be capable of binding in a mouse that had the ACE2 receptors found in humans. These receptors are the areas where the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein binds. Ultimately, the modified virus reproduced more rapidly and made test mice more ill than the unmodified virus.
Moreover, Fauci's NIAID gave New York-based EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) annual grants from 2014 until 2020. Of the almost $3.75 million total amount of grant funding given to EHA, more than $600,000 was sent to the WIV laboratory.
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