As per a Republican lawmaker’s report, the COVID-19 pandemic began from a genetically modified virus that leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It was first detected in December 2019.
Probing the origins of COVID-19 the report was released on Monday. House Republican lawmaker, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the third instalment in his investigation into the virus origins. It also highlights the missteps by China in alerting the world to the risks of the pandemic, as per reports.
The GOP investigation comes in conjunction with the Biden administration and others from the international community to determine the origins of the pandemic outbreak.
The fatal virus has killed more than 4.2 million people across the world.
This Republican report is based on open-source material. It draws conclusions from circumstantial reporting and raises concern that the lab was conducting ‘gain of function’ research. It means that the scientists genetically modified a bacteria or virus to make it more infectious to study better preventative measures, in an unsafe environment.
The Republican report points towards how the virus likely emerged from the Wuhan laboratory. Moreover, the lab leak theory is the idea that the coronavirus emerged from the Wuhan scientific lab.
The government in China and Wuhan lab scientists have dismissed these allegations. They maintain that the first cases likely emerged from animal-to-human transmission at a wet market in the city of Wuhan.
Furthermore, the Republican report raises concern over maintenance and renovation taking place at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the adjacent lab, the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory. It draws world attention towards the hazardous waste treatment system and air conditioning systems while carrying out research on coronaviruses.