The Wall Street Journal has reported that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China were hospitalized with an illness in November 2019—just a few weeks prior to the first officially recorded case of COVID-19.
The WSJ‘s source is a “previously undisclosed” US intelligence report. Details provided in the report “go beyond” a Trump-era State Department fact sheet which claimed that several researchers at the Wuhan lab fell ill in fall 2019 “with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illness.”
One official told the WSJ that the intelligence contained in the report is reliable.
“The information that we had coming from the various sources was of exquisite quality. It was very precise. What it didn’t tell you was exactly why [the researchers] got sick,” he said.
News of the report broke Sunday afternoon, roughly the same time headlines emerged that Dr. Anthony Fauci is “not convinced” that COVID-19 developed naturally. His remarks came earlier this month at an event about facts and fact-checking.
“No, actually. I am not convinced about that. I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened,” Fauci said in response to a question. “Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out. So, you know, that’s the reason why I said I’m perfectly in favor of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus.”
For months people were laughed at and even censored for daring to share their belief that COVID-19 may not have come from a bat at a wet market but escaped from the Wuhan lab instead. Once again, today’s “conspiracy theory” is tomorrow’s news.