Should Congress Probe Covid Lab Leak Theory?

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) There is ongoing support in Congress to investigate the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is an effort “that could pit Democratic lawmakers against the Biden administration” as the government officials attempt to find out if “the virus leaked from a Wuhan lab.”

There is an outstanding bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill that “Congress should investigate the origins of a virus that has killed 3.5 million people worldwide, including nearly 600,000 Americans.”

Originally, the “lab leak theory” seemed to be only a GOP “talking point.” However, both Democrats and Republicans are now “giving the scenario renewed consideration after The Wall Street Journal reported that three scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in November 2019.” They were said to have developed symptoms similar to Covid-19. Soon, the virus started to spread across China.

Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va), a member of the Senate’s health committee, said, “As we analyze what went wrong and what we can do in the future, we have to have answers to these questions. We’ve got to get to the bottom of it.”

“Hawks” in Congress and also former Trump officials believe that the administration “is moving too slowly in rolling out a clear policy for dealing with China.” Even the Democrats are now pressuring the Biden administration to “exert diplomatic pressure on Beijing to release data from the Wuhan lab.”

Senior Biden administration officials believe that this investigation should be headed by an international organization, such as the World Health Organization. Xavier Becerra, Health and Human Services Secretary, said Tuesday to a WHO ministerial meeting that an investigation needs to be done soon. 

Last March, an initial investigation was “stymied because China would not share key lab records and data.” The result of the report claimed that the “leak theory was extremely unlikely.”

On Wednesday, President Biden urged the U.S. intelligence agencies to “redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that would bring us closer to a definitive conclusion on the origins of Covid-19 and to report back in 90 days.” Earlier reports by the U.S. intelligence agencies believed that it was a “laboratory accident or human contact with an infected animal.”

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