While we await publication of its official final report, a leaked draft of the joint report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and China, first reported Monday by the Associated Press, says it’s “extremely unlikely” that the coronavirus escaped from a lab, and animal transmission of COVID was most likely.
But, as the New York Post reports, “both Republicans and Democrats are slamming the report as biased because of the Chinese Communist Party-led government’s role in the investigation after party officials covered up early case data before the virus spread abroad.”
As has been widely reported throughout, the entire WHO COVID-19 origins investigation process was fraudulent and biased from start to finish. It was, according to experts, essentially a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) conducted sham inquiry handed over to, and rubber stamped by, the WHO.
Jamie Metzl, a former staffer to President Biden when he led the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, and also formerly on the President Bill Clinton National Security Council (NSC) told CBS that it’s as if we had the Soviet Union to investigate the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, which also was covered up by local authorities.
Metzl explains further on Twitter:
It was agreed first that China would have veto power over who even got to be on the mission. WHO agreed to that. On top of that, the WHO agreed that in most instances, China would do the primary investigation and then just share its findings with these international experts. So, these international experts weren’t allowed to do their own primary investigation.
According to Metz, Chinese authorities provide the results of their own supposed investigation to the WHO committee, and that was it. That is not an investigation. That is Chinese government disinformation.
Former Clinton administration NSC official says China didn’t allow international experts to carry out a full and unrestricted inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, tonight on 60 Minutes: https://t.co/zIXsfKlpJU pic.twitter.com/MwK9kdeXiY
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 28, 2021
In another Tweet, Republican Representative Lee Zeldin of New York, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called the WHO “useful idiots” of the Chinese Communist Party.
Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party has lied & covered-up to the world the pandemic’s origins. The World Health Organization has played along time & again as the CCP’s useful idiots. A thorough & truly independent investigation is long overdue. https://t.co/7zeXjaupmY
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) March 29, 2021
Meanwhile, former CDC director Robert Redfield said last week in a CNN interview that he believes the outbreak started at China’s Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. He noted that:
I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory — you know, escaped. Other people don’t believe that. That’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out. It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect a laboratory worker.
And other experts agree that the lab theory should not be dismissed regardless of the WHO’s biased conclusions. I earlier wrote about how New York Magazine’s Intelligencer published a long piece by Nicholson Baker detailing how he believes Covid originated in a Chinese lab titled, very plainly: “The Lab-Leak Hypothesis.”
And more recently, there is the highly respected investigative reporter Allison Young, who has investigated many “shocking” and dangerous bio lab leaks that have occurred worldwide, including in the United States. In a lengthy USA Today editorial last week, she said that theories that COVID-19 may have emerged through a leak at a Wuhan lab should not be discounted.
I have uncovered exotic and deadly bacteria that have hitched rides out of high-security labs on workers’ dirty clothing, silently spreading contagion for weeks. I have revealed how spacesuit-like protective gear and tubes carrying safe oxygen to scientists have torn or broken – repeatedly – and high-tech safety systems have failed dramatically. Vials of viruses and bacteria have gone missing. Researchers bitten by infected lab animals have been allowed to move about in public — rather than being quarantined — while waiting for signs of infection to appear.
Lab accidents, Young added, are not rare at all, despite the WHO’s assertion otherwise. And as we have seen the WHO’s investigation was flawed and compromised by the Chinese Communist Party from the outset. A real investigation on the origins of COVID-19 is still needed.