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Washington Clings to the Idea the Novel Coronavirus Came from Nature

Washington Clings to the Idea the Novel Coronavirus Came from Nature
Chinese police officers wearing masks stand in front of the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Jan. 26, 2020. (Betsy Joles/Getty Images)

The State Department, NIH and CDC know far more than they are telling

By Stephen Bryen

Washington is hanging onto the idea that the coronavirus was a zoonotic disease—that is, a disease that was carried by animals and infected humans.

The U.S. coronavirus czar, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the Center for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health have been supporting this thesis, which is also backed by the WHO and, of course, by Chinese officials. Most of the world’s scientists have gone along with the idea that the coronavirus comes from nature.

The most common theory is that the coronavirus pandemic originates from horseshoe bats that infected an unknown intermediate host and then the killer virus was passed on to humans.

The horseshoe bat does not exist in Wuhan, the place where the infection got started in humans, although horseshoe bats have been collected and used in studies carried out at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China’s only Level 4 bio-safety laboratory, and also at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention which is about 600 meters from the Wuhan wet market and adjacent to the city’s Union Hospital, where early cases were treated.

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