Report was kept secret, has only emerged now, a year later.
A report compiled by a US government lab in May 2020 found that it was entirely plausible that the origin of the coronavirus outbreak was the Wuhan Institute of Virology, yet it remained a secret for over a year, as the scientific community was pressured to dismiss anything other than ‘natural origin’ theories out of hand.
The Wall Street Journal revealed the existence of the report, summarizing a study conducted last year by scientists at the the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, near Berkeley.
The researchers carried out genomic analysis of the Covid-19 virus in an effort to determine how it evolved.
They concluded that a lab leak was a potential cause of the pandemic, and that further investigation was needed.
Sources familiar with the Livermore lab study have claimed that it was carried out by the so called ‘Z Division,’ an intelligence arm of the government lab.
A mysterious five month period of time went by before the report was handed to the State Department, in October 2020, and nothing further came of the report.
The lab has refused to comment on the report.
This latest revelation comes on the heels of a separate study by Doctor Stephen Quay, CEO of biopharmaceutical company Atossa Therapeutics Inc, and Richard Muller, a physics professor at the University of California Berkeley, that found “COVID-19 has a genetic footprint that has never been observed in a natural coronavirus.”
The scientists say that the genome sequencing of the virus matches that used commonly in ‘gain of function’ research, which is known to have been used with coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Meanwhile, it has also emerged that a Chinese government scientist who worked closely with researchers at the Wuhan lab filed a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine well before the disease was declared a global pandemic, and was found dead just three months later.
Last week, there was also revitalised focus on scientific research by Professor Angus Dalgleish of St George’s Hospital, University of London and Norwegian virologist Birger Sorensen which presents compelling evidence suggesting the virus was manufactured in a laboratory.