Jim Jordan Slams Democrats And Unloads Questions At Dr. Fauci Over COVID-19 Origins
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is demanding answers to origins of COVID-19 as the theory of the Wuhan lab leak gains more attention.
“Where did this thing start? Did it jump from animal to humans or was it a leak from a lab, a lab in Wuhan china? American people probably like to know, after all, they’ve had their liberties assaulted for the past year” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questioned during a House hearing Wednesday.
Congressman Jordan cited Nicholas Wafe who is a former New York Times science writer who looked at how the pandemic could break out.
“It’s a stretch to get the pandemic to break out naturally outside of Wuhan and then without leaving a trace to make its first appearance in Wuhan. But he says this for the lab escape scenario, a Wuhan origin for the virus is a no-brainer,” Rep. Jordan quoted.
“Wuhan is home to China’s leading center for coronavirus research. Researchers were genetically engineering bat coronaviruses to attack human cells. They were doing so under minimal safety conditions. If the virus with an uninspected infectiousness had been generated there, its escape would be no surprise,” Rep. Jordan continued.
“Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee say there is “significant circumstantial evidence” that the COVID-19 outbreak stemmed from a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, urging the federal government to put “more pressure on China” to allow for a “full, credible investigation” into the source of the global pandemic,” Fox News reported Wednesday.
“Republicans pointed to China’s “history of research lab leaks resulting in infections,” and warnings from U.S. diplomats in China as early as 2017 that the Wuhan lab was conducting “dangerous research” on coronaviruses without following “necessary safety protocols, risking the accidental outbreak of a pandemic,” the outlet also reported.
“Republicans also pointed to public reports that “several researchers in the Wuhan lab were sickened with COVID-19-like symptoms” in Fall 2019, and the Chinese military’s “involvement in the Wuhan Lab,” the outlet continued.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organization conducted an investigation, “WHO-convened global study of origins of SARS-CoV-2”
This month Sen. Rand Paul and Fauci were clashing about the funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology and Fauci denied that the NIH did not ever or does not fund gain-of-function research.
“The WHO scientists said in an exit briefing it is “most likely” that the coronavirus was initially transmitted via a jump from an animal to human (perhaps starting with a bat, associated with the Wuhan seafood market),” Fox News reported early February.
The WHO team of investigators also discovered frozen wild animals being sold in the Wuhan market that came from regions where bats and hosts are known to carry a virus similar to novel coronavirus, according to the outlet.