In an op-ed published on July 25, the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) stressed the importance of bringing the genuine profile of the CCP virus (COVID-19) into light, and it involved the attention of the Democrats and the left-leaning media.
It is important that the theory can be addressed rigorously, for the investigation results shall contribute to fixing policy loopholes that may have allowed such a disaster to come up in the first place if it were real, the WSJ editorial board said.
“Congress should thoroughly investigate the process that led to the approval of money for the WIV and possible gain-of-function research,” they wrote. “It should also debate limits on this kind of research in the U.S. and push for international standards.”
At least it has been confirmed that the WIV indeed received nearly $600,000 of the U.S. taxpayer money between 2014 through 2019, granted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) via the funding organization EcoHealth Alliance. But the head of the organization, White House top medical advisor Anthony Fauci, has refused to admit that he allowed the funds to go on the gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab.
Gain-of-function research involves genetic modification of the virus, which will intentionally try to make the virus more lethal, contagious and even give it the ability to jump between species. The aim is to study a potential pandemic.
If it is proven that the WIV conducted the gain-of-function research on the coronavirus, the lab-leak theory, which claims that the virus that causes the COVID-19 pandemic is an engineered product that escaped its scientists’ control, will make much more sense.
“No one should expect the Chinese Communist Party to cooperate with a real inquiry into the origins of Covid-19,” the editorial board said. “More disappointing is the lack of candor from American scientists and officials whose conflicts of interest deserve more scrutiny.”
Outside of that, the board also accuses the left of their inadvertent attitude that hinders the process of cracking down on the truth about COVID-19.
“Democrats and much of the media will avoid the topic because Mr. Paul and the populist right have taken up this cause,” they said.
“Such groupthink is what prevented the lab-leak theory from being treated seriously for more than a year. Making the same mistake twice is inexcusable.”
The lab-leak theory accusations were first brought up by former U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies last year. However, it was once fact-checked as false COVID-19 misinformation—a conspiracy theory that both the mainstream media and Big Tech thought they should not promote.
It was not until in late May that President Joe Biden ordered intelligence officials to “redouble” efforts to investigate the origins of Covid-19, including the theory that it came from a laboratory in China, that the censorship and ignoring the issue ceased.