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Senate Investigation Concludes COVID Likely Came from a Lab

'If no additional steps were taken to speed up the development timeline, when did researchers in China have access to the genomic sequence?'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) After a lengthy investigation, Senate Republicans revealed that the COVID outbreak was likely due to a research accident in China.

The Republican staff of the Senate Committee On Health, Education, Labor and Pensions combed through publicly available material detailing the numerous issues with the idea of the disease spreading from a bat to a human.

According to the Daily Wire, there were also several reasons to suspect a leak out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who leads the committee, said it is unlikely that there will ever be conclusive proof of a lab leak because of the secrecy of the Chinese government.

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Similar epidemics such as SARS and MERS show that for a virus to jump from an animal to a human it first must mutate enough to “circulate in an intermediate host to increase the virus’ chances of being able to infect and replicate in humans.”

No evidence of a secondary host has ever been found.

“While it is likely that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a bat virus, most likely one found in horseshoe bats residing in Southern China or Southeast Asia, it remains unknown how SARS-CoV-2 traveled more than 1,000 miles from Southern China or Southeast Asia before emerging in Wuhan,” the report said.

As viruses mutate, allowing them to go from one species to another, there are failed attempts that leave behind evidence which is able to be documented.

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According to the report, no traces of attempted COVID mutations have been found in either humans or other animals.

The Chinese Communist Party originally reported the disease came from “natural zoonotic transmission occurring at the Huanan Seafood Market.”

Early cases were linked to the seafood market; however, the Chinese government only counted the cases of people who had respiratory symptoms and could be linked to the seafood market.

The virus was found on surfaces at the seafood market, but in none of the animals.

“According to presentations made to the World Health Organization (WHO) by PRC government officials and scientists in early 2020, none of the animals at the market when it was closed, in the market’s supply chain, or in China’s animal farming industry were infected with SARS-CoV-2,” the report said.

There is also some suspicion surrounding China’s extremely quick development of a COVID vaccine—faster even than America’s Operation Warp Speed, which in itself was a dubbed a “miracle.”

“What additional steps, processes, or novel techniques did [Chinese] researchers take that advanced the development of their vaccine faster than the Operation Warp Speed timeline?” the report asked.

“If no additional steps were taken to speed up the development timeline, when did researchers in China have access to the genomic sequence?” it continued. “Was it before January 11, 2020?”

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