Senate GOP Report Declares that COVID Leaked from U.S.-Funded Wuhan Lab

A Republican senator has released a bombshell report declaring that the Chinese Coronavirus did, in fact, originate in a laboratory that specialized in coronavirus research, with the United States government providing funding to said lab.

As reported by Just The News, Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), the ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, had his staff review over 50,000 documents in preparation for the report. Their findings not only appeared to confirm that the COVID-19 pandemic began with a leak from the lab in Wuhan, China – rather than a natural origin in a nearby open-air wet market, as the Chinese claimed – but also that there was not one, but two leaks.

“This report concludes most likely this was two leaks,” said Marshall in a press briefing with reporters. “The possibility of a lab leak in the September-October [2019] time frame, even as early as July or August, was followed by vaccine development in November 2019. And then another lab leak seems to be the most sensible explanation in this retrospective review.”

The same report concluded that the federal government was providing direct funding for the lab’s “gain-of-function” research, in which scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) would deliberately make alterations to pre-existing strains of coronavirus for the purpose of genetically engineering new variants. Under these findings, Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), would be guilty of perjury before Congress, having repeatedly claimed in congressional hearings that the U.S. government never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan.

Marshall also spoke about the apparent working conditions in the WIV, including issues with understaffing and lack of preparedness, all of which could have contributed to the leak in the first place.

“Their own documents continue to show that they’re understaffed, that they don’t have the right facilities to do it in, a huge concern,” Marshall stated. “That’s why we’ve been calling for a halt in all viral gain-of-function research until we get the guardrails around it.”

“If we’re funding it, then they need to conform to our rules, and we need American boots on the ground,” Marshall added.

Answering questions from reporters, Senator Marshall has said that his office will continue to investigate the WIV and other aspects of the origin of COVID, and that he is also considering introducing legislation to more heavily regulate such gain-of-function research funding in the future.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: World Health Organization team arrives at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, 2021. Hector RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images