The Daily Mail has consistently questioned the consensus that COVID-19 was transmitted from humans to animals.
Our reporters have delved into the details and questioned the assumptions about the origins of the pandemic.
APRIL 4, 2020:
Did the coronavirus leak from a research lab in Wuhan? Surprising new theory is ‘no longer discounted’ amid claims that staff ‘became infected after being sprayed with blood’
Ministers fear the coronavirus pandemic may have been caused by a leak from a Chinese lab, The Mail on Sunday may reveal.
Supreme government sources say while ‘the balance of scientific advice’ is still that the deadly virus was first transmitted to humans from a live animal market in Wuhan, a leak from a laboratory in the Chinese city ‘is no longer is discounted ‘.
A member of Cobra, the emergency committee led by Boris Johnson, said last night that while the latest intelligence agency did not dispute that the virus was ‘zoonotic’ – derived from animals – it did not rule out the virus spreading to humans for the first time after leaks from a Wuhan laboratory.
APRIL 15, 2020:
Mike Pompeo demands truth from Beijing as US investigates if COVID-19 escaped Wuhan lab during experiments and China covered it up by blaming ‘wet’ food markets
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded that China ‘come clean’ after reports that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory, not as a bioweapon, but as part of clumsy experiments to prove that Chinese scientists were superior to Americans in identifying emerging virus threats.
It comes after President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the US is trying to determine whether the coronavirus first accidentally passed to humans during experiments on bats at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab.
After news of the outbreak finally went public, Chinese leaders were quick to blame Wuhan’s’ wet market ‘where wild animals – but not bats – are sold for consumption, leading a source to tell Fox News that the debacle was the’ most expensive cover-up of the world. government ‘. of all time.’
2 MAY 2020:
Wuhan virus lab ‘cover-up’: Surprising photos of scientists wearing little protection while handling deadly bat monsters disappear from Chinese institute’s website at the center of global pandemic suspicion
Photos that appear to show slack safety standards in the Chinese lab at the center of international suspicion about Covid-19 have been systematically removed from his website – as Donald Trump continues to put pressure on Beijing over his possible role in the outbreak.
In the past month, Wuhan’s Institute of Virology has deleted photos of scientists working in its labs and references to visits by US diplomats who subsequently raised the alarm about the lab’s work with bats.
US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he had seen intelligence that gave him a ‘high degree of confidence’ that the global crisis had originated in the institution – a month after The Mail on Sunday first revealed that British cabinet ministers secret briefings raising the possibility of a leak from the institute.
Downing Street did not respond to President Trump’s comments. “There are clearly questions to be answered about the origin and spread of the virus,” said a Boris Johnson spokesperson.
30 MAY 2020:
Beijing now admits that the coronavirus did NOT start in the Wuhan market … so where did it come from?
China has become accustomed to public confessions on television. But this time, the words came from one of the country’s top officials and had seismic global implications.
“At first we thought the fish market might have the virus, but now the market is more of a victim,” said Gao Fu, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gao’s first analysis had made sense after earlier outbreaks of zoonotic viruses (diseases that jump from animals to humans). Still, suspicion grew that the Chinese government failed to share data from animals sampled in the market after the early cover-ups.
JANUARY 2, 2021:
China lab leak is ‘most credible’ source of coronavirus outbreak, US official says, amid bombshell claims Wuhan scientist turned whistleblower
One of America’s top government officials says the most “credible” theory about the origin of the coronavirus is that it escaped from a laboratory in China.
Matthew Pottinger, President Donald Trump’s respected deputy national security adviser, told politicians around the world that even the Chinese leaders now openly admit their earlier claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan market are false.
Mr Pottinger said the latest intelligence suggests the virus is leaking from the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology, 11 miles from the market, and said: “ There is a growing body of evidence that the lab is probably the most credible source of the virus. is. . ‘
JANUARY 9, 2021:
New cover-up fears as Chinese officials remove critical Wuhan lab data detailing 300 disappearing investigations – including all investigations conducted by virologist named Batwoman
The Chinese government is facing new allegations of a cover after officials removed crucial online data on the lab suspected to be the source of Covid-19.
The Mail on Sunday may reveal that hundreds of pages of information related to studies conducted by the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology have been wiped out.
Details of more than 300 studies, including many animal-to-human disease studies, published online by the state-run National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), are no longer available.
APRIL 24, 2021:
Worrying new clues to Covid’s origins: How Wuhan Laboratory Scientists Helped Chinese Army in Secret Project to Find Animal Viruses
Scientists studying bat diseases at the high-security Chinese laboratory in Wuhan were involved in a large-scale project to investigate animal viruses, along with leading military officials – despite their denial of such ties.
Documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal that a nationwide plan was launched nine years ago, led by a leading government body, to discover new viruses and detect the ‘dark matter’ of biology involved in the spread of disease .