U.S. law enforcement agencies are reviewing reports that researchers at the Chinese virology laboratory became seriously ill in 2019, one month before the first COVID-19 cases, according to US government sources who warned that there was no evidence that the virus came from a lab.
A well-known US intelligence report previously leaked in the administration of former President Donald Trump states that three Wuhan Institute of Virology investigators became ill in November 2019 so they went to the hospital, sources close to a US intelligence report told Reuters news agency.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post, according to one source, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Chinese Foreign Minister Zhao Lijian said Monday it was “absolutely false” that three members of Wuhan’s lab became ill. The virus first appeared in Wuhan, China, and then spread worldwide.
“We do not have enough information to know his whereabouts [of the coronavirus], “White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a press conference on Monday.
“We need data. We want to find out for ourselves. And that is what we have been asking for, “Psaki said.
Many of the researchers’ articles were published in the Wall Street Journal on May 23.
In a report compiled by Chinese scientists and presented in March, the World Health Organization (WHO) spent four weeks in Wuhan in January and February said the virus may have been transmitted from bats to humans through other animals, and that “the introduction to the laboratory was regarded as a very difficult task.”
US intellectuals have “never contradicted any doctrine”, said one US source. Wise reports of a possible November illness among staff at the Wuhan Institute “could not be” removed, “the source added.
The idea that the virus has disappeared in the Chinese lab has been promoted on some cautious websites, as well as by some Republicans in Congress. US law firms did not come to an agreement.
The U.S. Department of State published a “registration paper” on COVID-19 and Wuhan’s lab on January 15, 2020, just five days before Trump’s resignation, based on the report.
The Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the security apparatus have contributed to all of the publications as well as a well-known report, sources said. All were collected by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The report is considered to be approved by US government agencies, by experts investigating the origins of COVID-19, as well as officials from President Joe Biden’s office.
“We continue to have questions about the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic, including the one that began in the People’s Republic of China,” a White House spokesman said.
In their regular report on COVID-19 released last week, Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee Committee stressed that there is “clear evidence” that COVID-19 may have been “released” from Wuhan’s lab.
Such evidence includes information showing “several investigators” in the lab received evidence of COVID-19 at the end of 2019, the report said.
Wang Yanyi, head of Wuhan’s lab, told Chinese radio station CGTN that the US states in May 2020 were “Clean production“.
The WHO, which opened its annual conference on May 24, did not announce Wuhan’s performance but Member countries can cause concern. US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra is due to address a conference held on Tuesday.