‘Buffed up’ Covid may have leaked from lab during ‘secret Chinese bioweapons’ program, bombshell Senate report claims

COVID may have leaked from a lab in Wuhan during a secretive Chinese bioweapons program, a Senate bombshell says.

The report, released by Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, says there is “indication” that Covid could have “spilled over” during an incident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been at the center of the storm surrounding the origins of Covid

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The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been at the center of the storm surrounding the origins of CovidPhoto credit: Reuters
Batwoman Shi Zhengli in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

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Batwoman Shi Zhengli in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of VirologyCredit: AP

The Wuhan Institute of Virology – a high-security lab specializing in coronaviruses – was in the eye of the storm as questions were raised over whether Covid could have escaped its lab.

Both China and the lab have angrily denied all allegations – but evidence of a leak at the lab has mounted over the past two years as scientists, researchers and governments seek answers and offer evidence.

Dozens of experts have suggested that Covid could have escaped from the Wuhan lab through an infected researcher, improper waste disposal or potential security breaches at the site.

Now a Senate report has claimed Covid may have been linked to a Chinese bioweapons program – and accidentally leaked from the Wuhan lab.

The Senate report said: “Based on our investigation, which includes a wealth of public and non-public information, we conclude that there is evidence that SARS-CoV-2 may be linked to China’s biological weapons research program in linked and spread to the human population during a laboratory-related incident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

The report said the committee “saw no evidence that the Chinese military deliberately released Covid.”

And the committee said it does not claim to have found the “gun smoking” to settle the question of the origins of Covid “beyond a reasonable doubt”.

“However, the information is important to promote public understanding and we will seek to release the classified version of our report at the next Congress to further the conversation,” the report said.

The report also blasted the intelligence community – with claims it withheld information from Congress and “downplayed” the possibility of Covid being linked to a Chinese bioweapons program.

A group of Republicans praised the committee’s work and vowed to continue investigating the origins of Covid.

“Americans owe answers about the origins of Covid and future health threats, and they deserve leaders in Washington who remain steadfast in seeking the truth,” the statement said.

“The findings identify greater culpability on the part of the Chinese Communist Party, highlight the intelligence community’s failure to share relevant information with the American public and its authorized representatives, and add credibility to the lab leak theory — which many government officials, big tech platforms, and the media was quick to label it a ‘conspiracy theory’.”

Representative Brad Wenstrup told Fox News that Americans deserve answers about the origins of Covid.

“As a doctor and Army veteran, I believe it is vitally important that we understand the origins of the Covid pandemic and strive to do everything in our power to pursue policies that help keep our country in future will not be so vulnerable.” he said.

An October 2021 report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the origins of Covid concluded that Covid was “probably not a biological weapon”.

“We remain skeptical of claims that SARS-CoV-2 is a biological weapon because they are backed by scientifically invalid claims,” ​​she added.

It comes after Dr. Andrew Huff, former vice president of the EcoHealth Alliance, has claimed Covid was genetically engineered – and walked out of the facility.

He claimed to have had a ringside seat in what he describes as one of the greatest cover-ups in history — and the “biggest US intelligence outage since 9/11.”

In his new book – The truth about Wuhan – Whistleblower Dr. Huff claims the pandemic was the result of the US government funding dangerous genetic engineering of coronaviruses in China.

The epidemiologist said China’s gain-of-function experiments – conducted with substandard biosecurity – led to a lab leak at the US-funded Wuhan Institute of Virology.

dr Huff, from Michigan, said the organization spent many years teaching the Wuhan lab the “best existing methods of developing bat coronaviruses to attack other species.”

And he claimed, “China knew from day one that it was a genetically engineered drug.”

“The US government is to blame for transferring dangerous biotechnology to the Chinese,” he said.

Speaking to The Sun Online, Dr. Huff added, “I was scared of what I saw. We just gave them bioweapons technology.”

In 2009, the Wuhan lab began working with the EcoHealth Alliance on a USAID program called PREDICT, which focuses on emerging pandemic threats.

PREDICT is designed to help detect and find zoonotic viruses with pandemic potential – including coronaviruses.

Shi Zhengli – the Wuhan virologist who became famously known as “Batwoman” – hoped the program would create an early warning system for pandemics.

But in 2014, Dr. Huff to consider a funding proposal that revealed function enhancement work was being done to create SARS-CoV-2 – which causes Covid.

Gain-function work is beefing up viruses so they can more easily infect humans to help researchers test scientific theories, develop new technologies, and find treatments for infectious diseases.

But the risky research method can raise safety concerns — and it’s banned in many countries.

It was originally banned in the US in 2014 – but reintroduced by the NIH in 2017.

dr Huff realized that the EcoHealth Alliance, with support from USAID – a US government agency – was working closely with the Wuhan lab on gain-of-function research.

He soon realized that the virus would never occur naturally and had been engineered in the lab into a much more potent pathogen.

dr Huff believes Covid was genetically engineered in Wuhan by winning functional research funded by the US government – and poor biosecurity led to a leak at the lab.

“EcoHealth Alliance developed SARS-CoV-2 and was responsible for the development of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen during my tenure with the organization,” he said.

dr Huff also pointed out that he saw no evidence that China deliberately released the virus.

He has filed a lawsuit against the EcoHealth Alliance in upstate New York with Renz Law LLC.

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The EcoHealth Alliance has dismissed the scientist’s claims – arguing that his claims were “untrue”.

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