The Biden administration has suddenly put an end to an inquiry into a possible connection between the origins of the novel coronavirus and a lab in Wuhan, according to a CNN report published Tuesday.
The State Department launched inquiry last fall under President Trump – but the effort was shut down this spring under Biden apparently due to “concerns about the quality of its work,” CNN reported, citing three unnamed sources.
After the changeover in administrations, concerns were raised early in 2021 about draft findings of the probe shared with Biden’s team, CNN said.
The State Department confirmed to CNN that the inquiry had stopped but claimed it is continuing to work with other agencies on “COVID origins issues” after burying an already underway probe.
Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that he believed the virus originated in a lab and that the China’s government was covering up.
“I am confident that we will find that the evidence that we have seen to date is consistent with a lab leak and I’m convinced that’s what we’ll see,” he said.
“If I am wrong, I hope the Chinese Communist Party will come forward and make a fool of me.”
The possibility that the pandemic started because of a laboratory accident has gained renewed interest after a Wall Street Journal report that said three workers at the Wuhan lab were hospitalized in November 2019 prior to the first reported cases of COVID-19.
Their symptoms were consistent with the virus but may have been other illnesses, according to analyses.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has also said he isn’t convinced COVID-19 developed naturally. “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.”
Former President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he has “very little doubt” the COVID-19 virus originated from the Wuhan lab – touting vindication for his theory once dismissed by mainstream outlets and medical experts as a conspiracy.
“It came from the lab,” Trump told “The Dan Bongino Show” on Fox Nation. “I have very little doubt it came from the lab.”
Trump was one of the first people to suggest that a lab leak might have been the source of the outbreak, with warnings dating back to April 2020. Media outlets and leading political figures are increasingly treating it as a serious possibility.
“You warned us,” Bongino told the former president, “and these idiots in the media ignored it.”
“Now everybody is agreeing that I was right when I very early on called Wuhan as the source of COVID-19, sometimes referred to as the China Virus,” the former president said in a statement earlier Tuesday.
Trump credited the travel restrictions he imposed on China at the onset of the pandemic for saving “tens of thousands of lives” in light of the latest developments surrounding the origins of the pandemic.
“Take a look at the fact that I closed the country to China very early at the end of January and Dr. Fauci – I’m not against him, we get along very well actually, but I usually did exactly what he said, the opposite, in other words…he said things that were just wrong. He didn’t want to close to China, he later admitted that I saved tens of thousands of lives by closing early,” Trump said.
Trump touted his success in quickly developing a vaccine and called his decision to order millions of doses while they were still in the clinical trial stage the “greatest bet ever made.”
Author: David Leon