Boris Johnson discusses Wuhan lab theory
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However, Congressman Mike McCaul, who, together with Republican colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, prepared the dossier, has stuck by its conclusions – citing Beijing’s angry response as evidence of the Chinese Communist Party’s guilt. The report, published earlier this week, suggests it was time to “completely dismiss” Wuhan’s wet market as the source of the disease, claiming a “preponderance of evidence” proved the virus which causes COVID-19 had leaked out of a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) during a botched attempt to improve air safety systems.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said: “The relevant report, totally based on the concocted lies and distorted facts without providing any evidence, is not credible or scientific.
“What the relevant US congressmen have done, smears and slanders China in pursuit of political gains.
“We express categorical opposition to and strong condemnation of such despicable acts that have no moral bottom line.”
The spokesman insisted: “This February, a China-WHO joint expert team visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology and had in-depth and candid exchanges with experts there.
“Members of the joint expert team spoke highly of the Institute’s openness and transparency, and reached a major conclusion in the joint study report that the allegation of lab leaking is extremely unlikely.”
Referring to a widely debunked conspiracy suggesting the disease had in fact been imported from the United States, the spokesman added: “If these US congressmen do have a sense of responsibility, even a tinge of it, for their own people, they should urge the US government to release at the earliest the medical records of those infected in the unexplained outbreaks of respiratory disease in Virginia and the large-scale EVALI in Wisconsin and Maryland in 2019.
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“And of US military personnel who fell ill during the Military World Games in Wuhan, and to allow a thorough international probe into Fort Detrick lab and the 200-plus US biological labs overseas.
“As to gain of function research on coronaviruses, the US has provided more funding and conducted more experiments in this area than anyone else.
“Why don’t the congressmen find out if there is such research at home and whether or not it may create the novel coronavirus?”
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Mr McCaul, a member of the US House of Representatives from Texas, was unmoved by criticism.
On Tuesday, he tweeted: “After years of being a federal prosecutor I know that if a defendant has proof of their innocence they show it.
“The ones that just bang on witness stand are the ones who are guilty.”
In a statement issued on Sunday to coincide with the publication of the report, Mr McCaul said: “It is our belief the virus leaked sometime in late August or early September 2019.
“When they realised what happened, Chinese Communist Party officials and scientists at the WIV began frantically covering up the leak, including taking their virus database offline in the middle of the night and requesting more than $1 million for additional security.”
By that time their “cover-up” was too late, he argued, with the virus already spreading through Wuhan.
Mr McCaul added: “Within a month, satellite images show a significant uptick in the number of people at hospitals around the WIV with symptoms similar to COVID-19.
“Now is the time to use all of the tools the US government has to continue to root out the full truth of how this virus came to be.
“This was the greatest cover-up of all time and has caused the deaths of more than four million people around the world, and people must be held responsible.”
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