House Foreign Affairs Committee Reveals Latest on COVID-19 Origin Probe

Headline Roundup August 2nd, 2021

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released a report on the COVID-19 pandemic's origins Monday, alleging that China concealed COVID-19's leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in 2019. McCaul, the House Foreign Affairs Committee's ranking member, says China is guilty of the "greatest coverup of all time". Many health experts and scientists in the U.S. continue to stress that the theory that a Chinese laboratory leak set off the pandemic remains unlikely, though warrants further investigation. The House report states that "the preponderance of the evidence proves the virus did leak from the WIV and that it did so sometime before September 12, 2019." It highlights "the sudden removal of the WIV’s virus and sample database" on that date, as well as "unusually scheduled maintenance at the WIV," as evidence of the lab leak theory. The theory was dismissed as a conspiracy in early 2020 by many public health officials, Democratic leaders and mainstream media sources.

The report was covered prominently by many right-rated outlets; their coverage often painted the report as credible and "damning." No left-rated outlets had published original coverage of the report as of Monday afternoon; The Hill was one of the few center-rated outlets to cover the story.

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ANALYSIS

COVID-19 leaked from the controversial Wuhan lab sometime before Sept. 12, 2019 — with China’s Communist Party keeping the deadly virus under wraps in the “greatest coverup of all time,” according to a damning Republican investigation into the origins released Monday.

The report shows “a preponderance of the evidence proves that all roads lead” to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the bat-research lab already eyed as a source for the pandemic, according to Rep. Michael McCaul.

“It is our belief the virus leaked sometime in late August or early September 2019,” said McCaul, the lead Republican...

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A House Republican lawmaker’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19 is raising concerns that the pandemic outbreak stemmed from a genetically modified virus that leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, located in the Chinese city where the virus was first detected in December 2019.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released on Monday a third installment in his investigation into the origins of the virus and the missteps by China in alerting the world to the risks of the pandemic.

The GOP investigation parallels efforts by the...

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Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, shared new findings from the House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans' probe into the possible origins of COVID-19 on Monday and accused the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of engaging in the "greatest cover-up in human history."

The committee's ranking Republican, during an appearance on "America’s Newsroom," laid out a number of key points from the report and asserted that the CCP is likely "very concerned" by its findings.

"They were playing with fire," said McCaul. "They were genetically manipulating at the lab this gain-of-function that was taking place."

Many of the key points from the...

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