The report also noted that existing research “suggests that a substantial portion of the SARS-like viruses circulating in bats cannot infect humans directly.” COVID-19 was first reported in China in late 2019. Extensive debate has since raged whether the virus spread to humans through some as-yet-undiscovered animal pathway, or was leaked from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak was first noticed. Fauci has scoffed at the lab-leak theory. He has also insisted that no “gain of function” research was approved on his watch. Such research is designed to increase the power of a virus to do harm to its host. The bats for the 2018 project were obtained from the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Thurmont, Maryland, the report said. The zoo is not far from the presidential retreat at Camp David. The activist group White Coat Waste said the site has a history of animal care violations and called it a “crummy roadside zoo.”
“Fauci-run Montana lab conducted coronavirus experiments on bats with virus shipped from Wuhan in 2018”Why hasn’t Fauci been arrested?https://t.co/DEEkrqCpSt pic.twitter.com/5z5QRPvnrf — Paul Mitchell (@PaulMitchell_AB) November 1, 2023
Anthony Bellotti, the president and founder of White Coat Waste, denounced the project in a statement. “Our investigation has uncovered the real-life horror story of how a shady roadside zoo whose curator was an NIH animal experimenter shipped off bats to a deadly government virus lab overseen by Dr. Fauci to be infected with a coronavirus obtained directly from the Wuhan lab that experts believe caused Covid,” he said, according to the Post Millennial.
I’m fighting to stop the madness and end the waste of taxpayer $. https://t.co/i5UV0RTGTw— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) October 31, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.