“Such a significant renovation so soon after the facility began operation appears unusual,” said the report from the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s 共和党 スタッフ. The projects for air disinfection, hazardous waste and central air conditioning systems “all raise questions about how well these systems were functioning in the months prior to the outbreak of COVID-19.”
The true reason for the procurement posting is unclear, as is when or if the work was even initiated. It adds another circumstantial element to the controversial argument that the pandemic began in a Wuhan lab, including suspicious behavior and obfuscation from China’s government and signs the pandemic began months before previously assumed.
Only weeks ahead of バイデン大統領’s deadline for the intelligence community’s review into the origins of the pandemic, Republicans will release their most detailed case yet arguing that researchers in Wuhan could have genetically manipulated the virus and that “the preponderance of evidence suggests SARS-CoV-2 was accidentally released from a Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory.”
Staff for Rep. マイケル・マコール, R-テキサス, 下院外交委員会のトップ共和党員, will include this information as an addendum to their September report.
Over the past several months, more public health experts, scientists and government officials have called for an investigation into a possible lab leak, along with examinations into whether the virus began naturally. They’ve called for a thorough, 独立した調査, 中国で, into the origins of the pandemic, though the Chinese Communist Party has denied access.
Without cooperation from China’s government, there is significant skepticism any of the handful of U.S. government investigations will provide a concrete narrative into how the pandemic originated. Beyond the Biden administration’s ongoing review, インクルード 国務省, under the previous administration, published a declassified report days before leaving office. 当時の, it offered the most detailed case yet that the coronavirus had leaked from a lab.
Citing the ongoing intelligence community review, 民主主義の指導者 have shown little interest in congressional investigations, leaving Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce Committees to conduct their own reviews. Democrats control Congress, and its committees, and Republicans alone, したがって、, have no subpoena power.
Using project announcements published on the Chinese government’s procurement website, along with other open-sourced data, interviews with former administration officials and scientists, research papers and international press reports, Republicans on the Foreign Affairs Committee have built their argument on a timeline that claims the virus escaped the Wuhan Institute of Virology “sometime prior to September 12, 2019.”
その日に, the Wuhan University, less than a mile from the WIV’s headquarters, issued a notice for laboratory inspections. 時間後, インクルード WIV’s viral sequence database disappeared from the internet. Later that evening, the institute published an announcement for bids for “security services” at the lab “to include gatekeepers, guards, video surveillance, security patrols, and people to handle the ‘registration and reception of foreign personnel,’” レポートによると.
Citing testimony from “a former senior U.S. 公式,” the report claims Major General Chen Wei, an expert in biology and chemical weapon defenses, took control of the Wuhan Institute’s biosafety level-4 lab in late 2019. That timing demonstrates the Chinese Communist Party “was concerned about the activity happening there as news of the virus was spreading,” レポートによると. “If she took control in 2019, it would mean the CCP knew about the virus earlier, and that the outbreak began earlier.”