Representatives of the US Congress from the Republican Party have conducted an investigation into the origin of COVID-19. The report said the pandemic was the result of a coronavirus leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
It is reported by The hill with reference to the third part of the investigation, circulated by a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCall, which aims to study the origin of the coronavirus.
As McCall emphasized, it is time to “completely eliminate the seafood market as a source of the outbreak.”
“Instead, as shown in this report, the overwhelming evidence suggests that all roads lead to the WIV (Wuhan Institute of Virology),” he said.
The document states that a laboratory in Wuhan was conducting research on “gain-of-function mutations,” while the work was carried out under “unsafe conditions.”
At the same time, it is noted that the Republicans compiled the report, based on open data and indirect information.
On July 29, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the US supports new WHO research on the origins of SARS-COV-2. At the same time, he emphasized that research should be fact-based, under the supervision of experts and be free from interference.
Earlier, on July 15, it was reported that the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, did not exclude a possible link between the coronavirus pandemic and the leak of SARS-CoV-2 from a Chinese laboratory.
Thus, according to the Associated Press journalists, he questioned the WHO report, in which experts concluded that the leak of the virus from the laboratory is “extremely unlikely.”
The version of the artificial origin of the coronavirus has been repeatedly promoted in the United States. On May 23, The Wall Street Journal noted that the illness of employees of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in November 2019 may speak of the correctness of the theory of the artificial origin of the coronavirus.
At the same time, on May 20, the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee reported on “circumstantial evidence” of information that the leak of a new type of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Beijing has repeatedly denied the accusations, calling such a theory slander and conspiracy.