According to a new congressional report on the pandemic’s origins, the Wuhan National Biosafety Lab requested bids months before the COVID-19 outbreak for major renovations to air safety and waste treatment systems in research facilities that had been operational for less than two years.The air disinfection, hazardous waste, and central air conditioning systems initiatives “all raise doubts about how well these systems were performing in the months leading up to the COVID-19 outbreak.” The exact rationale for the procurement advertisement, as well as when or if the work was even started, are both unknown.
It adds to the disputed claim that the epidemic started in a Wuhan lab with suspicious conduct and obfuscation from China’s government, as well as indicators the pandemic started months earlier than originally supposed. 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.
They’ve asked for a full, impartial study of the pandemic’s origins in China, despite the Chinese Communist Party’s refusal to grant access. Aside from the ongoing assessment by the Biden administration, the State Department released a declassified report days before the previous administration left office. It was the most thorough case yet that the coronavirus had slipped from a lab at the time.