The Daily Mail has consistently questioned the consensus that COVID-19 is human-to-animal transmission.
Our reporters have delved into the details and questioned the assumptions about the origin of the pandemic.
4 APRIL 2020:
Is the coronavirus leaking from a research lab in Wuhan? Surprising new theory is ‘no longer discounted’ amid claims 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 can reveal.
High-ranking government sources say that 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 lab in the Chinese city is ‘no longer being discounted’ .
A member of Cobra, the emergency committee led by Boris Johnson, said last night that while the latest information 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 it hit a Wuhan laboratory.
15 APRIL 2020:
Mike Pompeo demands truth from Beijing as US investigates whether COVID-19 escaped Wuhan lab during experiments and China covers it up by blaming ‘wet’ food markets
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded China come “clean” after reports the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab, not as a bioweapon, but as part of clunky experiments to prove Chinese scientists were superior to Americans at identify emerging virus threats.
It comes after President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the US is trying to determine whether the coronavirus first accidentally crossed into humans during experiments on bats at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab.
After news of the outbreak finally became public, Chinese leaders quickly blamed Wuhan’s “wet market” where wild animals — though not bats — are sold for consumption, leading a source told Fox News that the debacle was the “most expensive cover-up in the world.” government’ is of all times.’
2 MAY 2020:
Wuhan virus lab ‘cover up’: Surprising photos of scientists wearing little protection while handling deadly bat samples disappear from Chinese institute’s website at center of global pandemic suspicion
Photos that appear to show flimsy safety standards at the Chinese lab at the center of international suspicion over Covid-19 have been systematically removed from its website — as Donald Trump continues to ramp up pressure on Beijing over its potential role in the outbreak.
In the past month, Wuhan’s Institute of Virology deleted photos of scientists working in its labs and removed references to visits from US diplomats who then raised the alarm about the lab’s work on bats.
US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he had seen information that gave him a ‘high level of confidence’ that the global crisis had its origin in the institution – a month after The Mail on Sunday first revealed that British cabinet ministers secret briefings had been received raising the possibility of a leak from the institute.
Downing Street disagreed with President Trump’s comments. “There are clearly questions that need to be answered about the origin and spread of the virus,” said a spokesman for Boris Johnson.
30 MAY 2020:
Beijing now admits 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 worldwide repercussions.
“At first we assumed 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 made sense after previous outbreaks of zoonotic viruses (diseases that spread from animals to humans). Still, suspicion grew that the Chinese government had failed to share data from animals sampled on the market after the early cover-ups.
JANUARY 2, 2021:
China lab leak is ‘most credible’ source of coronavirus outbreak, top US government official says amid bomb 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 lab in China.
Matthew Pottinger, President Donald Trump’s respected deputy national security adviser, told politicians around the world that even China’s leaders are now openly admitting that their previous claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan market are false.
Mr Pottinger said the latest information indicates the virus is leaking from the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology, 18 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 as Chinese officials remove critical Wuhan lab data detailing 300 studies disappearing — including all conducted by virologist named Batwoman
The Chinese government faces new cover-up allegations after officials remove crucial online data about the lab suspected of being 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.
Details of more than 300 studies, including many studies on animal-to-human diseases, published online by the state-run National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), are no longer available.
24 APRIL 2021:
Disturbing new clues to Covid’s origins: How scientists in Wuhan lab helped Chinese military in secret project to find animal viruses
Scientists studying diseases of bats at the maximum-security Chinese laboratory in Wuhan, along with senior military officials, were involved in a large-scale project to investigate animal viruses, despite their denial of such connections.
Documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal that a nationwide plan was launched nine years ago, led by a leading state agency, to discover new viruses and track down the ‘dark matter’ of biology involved in the spread of disease. .