COVID-19 Originated From a Chinese Laboratory, Investigative Reporter Says

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Award-winning Australian investigative reporter Sharri Markson says there are convincing pieces of evidence to show that the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic originated from a Chinese lab with ties to the communist regime’s military.

Markson’s findings are published in her new book, “What Really Happened in Wuhan,” and evidence suggests that Beijing knew about the virus months before the onset of the pandemic.

“I think the evidence quite clearly points to a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, either in mid-September or at least that’s when the Wuhan Institute of Virology became aware of it … and then after that, there was a deliberate decision by Chinese authorities to cover this up,” she said in a recent interview with EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders.”

The Chinese regime has vehemently denied that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, the pathogen that causes COVID-19, escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), despite evidence pointing to it. The institute has been doing research on bat coronaviruses for more than a decade, and it’s located a short drive from a local market in Wuhan, Hubei province, where the first cluster of infection cases emerged.

More importantly, a fact sheet released by the U.S. State Department in January stated that several researchers at the WIV fell ill with COVID-19-like symptoms in autumn 2019.

Markson said she presented more evidence implicating the WIV in her book, including how a database containing 22,000 viruses at the institute was “taken offline mysteriously” for the first time on Sept. 12, 2019—three months before China warned that the virus was contagious.

On the same day, the WIV issued a tender to upgrade its security, Markson said. During the ensuing weeks, the institute went on a spending spree, paying $500,000 to boost its security, including the purchase of new CCTV systems and the hiring of new guards.

Eventually, the purchases also included a new air ventilation system, a medical air incinerator, and a coronavirus testing PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine, according to Markson.

By Frank Fang and Jan Jekielek

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