The World Health Organization’s new advisory group is finally looking at the lab-leak theory after years of conspiracy theorists shouting from the rooftops that there are valid reasons to look into the claim.
The Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) released a report outlining their first work to find the origin of COVID-19. While they still claim that the origin of COVID-19 was natural infection from animals, they say that the lab-leak theory needs to be re-examined.
The report says, “The currently available data on the closest related SARS-like viruses and susceptibility of many animal species to SARS-CoV-2 suggested a zoonotic source. The SAGO noted that there has not been any new data made available to evaluate the laboratory as a pathway of SARS-CoV-2 into the human population and recommends further investigations into this and all other possible pathways.”
Early on, there were concerns about the origin of COVID-19, and Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist, said that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails suggest COVID-19 came from a lab. Yan said, “They verify my work from the very beginning, even from last January, that these people know what happened, but they choose to hide from the Chinese Communist Party and for their own benefit.”
Yan said that Fauci was concerned that gain-of-function research increased the transmission and that the public shouldn’t know.
SAGO said that the Chinese Communist Party wasn’t willing to cooperate, which was the same situation at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. SAGO said that they need more information to continue its investigation. Still, SAGO members from China, Brazil and Russia reject the idea that the virus came from a lab.
This isn’t the first time the lab-leak theory has been investigated. The first time a team went to China, the team was compromised by the CCP and they weren’t able to determine if the lab-leak theory was accurate.
According to Ben Embarek, who was on the original team, after tense negotiations, the team was only able to include the lab leak in their report “on the condition we didn’t recommend any specific studies to further that hypothesis.”
It’s been a difficult battle to determine the truth because COVID-19 has been highly politicized. Those who think the virus came from a lab are deemed “far-right extremists,” but the theory might be more accurate than originally anticipated.