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COVID May Have Been Part of Chinese Bioweapons Program, Says Top Trump Coronavirus Task Force Official

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Former Trump administration coronavirus testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir said Thursday it is possible that COVID-19 may have been part of a Chinese offensive bioweapons program.

Giroir emphasized during a Fox News interview with host Bill Hemmer the most likely explanation for the start of the pandemic was an accidental lab leak of the virus.

He pointed to a World Health Organization report released in March, “which showed definitively there was no environmental source.”

“There was no intermediary host,” Giroir further explained. “There was really nothing linking this to any virus in the natural world, but on the other side, the evidence was becoming compelling.”

The former assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services noted the presence of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which was doing research on bat coronaviruses within five miles of where the COVID outbreak is believed to have occurred.

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Giroir recounted that there have been other examples of deadly lab leaks in the past.

“SARS has leaked out of laboratory and even caused secondary deaths,” he said.

“We know that in 1979, anthrax leaked out of a Soviet laboratory and killed 60 people. So lab leaks are not uncommon, and I really think data like people getting ill in November from the laboratory — if that proves true that coincides exactly when we know this virus hit China, so the evidence is there.”

Giroir argued the evidence actually weighs against National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci’s oft-stated view that COVID evolved from nature.

Giroir acknowledged information coming out of China concerning the coronavirus was scarce.

“Remember, there was a huge cover-up by the Chinese Communist Party — the Chinese government — that really locked down all records,” he said.

Hemmer read a note that Giroir gave Fox News producers before coming on the show saying, “It is not outrageous to hypothesize, you say, that the virus could have been part of an offensive bioweapons program and leaked out accidentally.”

“That seems to be discounted by Dr. [Francis] Collins and other people,” Giroir responded. Collins is the current director of the National Institutes of Health.

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“I think the most likely explanation is that it was gain of function mutation work,” Giroir continued, additionally stating that the U.S. does not have an offensive bioweapons program, but China likely does.

“There are multiple open sources of intel that suggest that China has an extensive biological weapons program and that it’s integrated between state laboratories, academia and private industry. So it is not crazy, as people suggest like Dr. Collins suggested, that this could have been part of a bio program. It is possible,” Giroir said.

The admiral observed COVID-19 is “not a great biological weapon, if you look at characteristics, but it certainly could have been part of a program.”

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“And again, I’m not saying that it was. I’m saying that should still be considered a possibility.”

Giroir reiterated the most likely scenario is that COVID-19 accidentally leaked from a lab as part of “dangerous research.”

Hemmer highlighted that Fauci still believes the coronavirus very likely occurred naturally but is open to the idea that it may not have.

The Fox News host played video clips from last year in which Fauci repeatedly spoke of the idea of the virus naturally passing from animal to human.

“The statement from last year was completely false,” Giroir said in response. “There was no pattern of mutations that suggest that it went right from an animal in a natural situation to humans. And there’s still no evidence to show that.

“So that statement was completely wrong. It was obvious to be antagonistic to President [Donald] Trump and to the administration, and I think there is a lot of CYA going on right now.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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