“We find that despite the claims of our scientific community, including the National Institutes of Health and Dr. [Anthony] Fauci’s NIAID organization, that there was almost no evidence to support a natural zoonotic evolution or source of COVID-19, ”former State Department chief investigator David Asher told Fox News “America Reports”.
“The data accumulated disproportionately as we investigated whether it came from a lab or a supernatural source,” he added.
The investigation was launched last fall by the Trump administration and then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but was shut down earlier this year due to reports of its initial findings, CNN reported on Tuesday. . In his interview, Asher singled out former State Department official Chris Ford for what he called “shameful” behavior towards the investigation.
“He seemed disinterested,” Asher recalls. “He said that even if we get there, how do we know where it was coming from, what lab. Very rarely in my life in government have I met someone who was more of an “neg” -ocrat, less a bureaucrat, than this individual.
Fox News reported that Ford, then Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation, expressed concern that the investigation had been kept under wraps and bypassed biological experts at the State Department and the intelligence community.
Belief that the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology gained traction over the weekend when the Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers sought hospital treatment there in November 2019. The Journal reported that the workers had symptoms consistent with the coronavirus and other illnesses and were hospitalized before the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Wuhan.
Asher claimed on Thursday that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was “the epicenter of synthetic biology in the People’s Republic of China and they were up to some very hairy things with synthetic biology and so-called gain-of-function techniques.” .
Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, admitted earlier this week that the NIH granted the Wuhan lab $ 600,000 over a five-year period to investigate bat coronaviruses, but categorically denied that the money had been used for the gain of functional research, which consists in making viruses more transmissible and dangerous.
However, according to Asher, “the Chinese most certainly felt that the NIH supported their gain in function research” and claimed that the variants developed in the lab “were unlike anything, for example, to what might happen in the lab. ‘natural evolution’.
“I asked biostatisticians at one of our national laboratories to calculate the probabilities of this happening in nature,” he said, “and it was like 1 in 13 million, and then they did. revised to about 1 in 13 billion. So to say that this is from a zoonotic situation is kind of ridiculous. “
President Biden on Wednesday ordered the intelligence community to conduct a 90-day review into the origins of the pandemic, and Asher said he was confident the investigation would be deepened.
“I think they will find a lot of them,” he said of the investigation. “Whether they say a lot is another matter. ”