“It’s a new virus. Nobody knows whether it was born in a laboratory or because a human ate some animal they shouldn’t have,” he said in a speech on May 5.
“But the military knows all about chemical, biological and radiological warfare. Could we be fighting a new war? I wonder. Which country’s GDP has grown the most?”
Bolsonaro, a frequent China critic, did not name any specific countries in his comments. But China was the only major world economy that saw any economic growth during 2020 as other industrial powers struggled with lockdowns and virus resurgence.
Beijing has vehemently denied any suggestions to link the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus origin with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), the facility at the center of the controversy that was only miles away from the seafood market where the first clusters of COVID-19 patients emerged.
Yet the regime’s guarded approach with the lab has failed to avert scrutiny from critics, including past and current U.S. officials.
The State Department, in a fact sheet released during the final days of the Trump administration, said it “has reason to believe” that several WIV researchers fell sick in autumn 2019, with symptoms that resemble COVID-19, the disease the CCP virus causes.
Robert Redfield, who formerly served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that the virus most likely escaped from a Wuhan lab, although not necessarily intentionally.
“I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory—you know, escaped,” he said in a CNN interview in March, weighing in for the first time on the issue after leaving the CDC.
BY EVA FU