An Answer That Raises Questions - The “Wuhan Lab Leak” Theory and Implications for Biodefense and Public Health
By: Lieutenant General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg, Jacob Olidort, Ph.D., and Heidi Overton, M.D.
If there is one lesson to be learned from the reception of the “Wuhan lab leak” theory, it is that asking the right tough questions can make all the difference in national security and public health matters.
With new evidence surfacing not only about the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, but also the links between the virus and the top scientists in the federal government and the kind of research that Americans’ tax dollars fund, the Biden Administration has a duty to get to the bottom of what happened and hold those responsible accountable.
- the nature of coronavirus research in the context of gain-of-function research, which is experimentation that aims to increase the virulence and/or transmissibility of pathogens;
- the circumstances of how a novel viral pathogen could have left the laboratory, including the crucial information surrounding whether any potential release was inadvertent or deliberate; and
- why the U.S. federal government allowed American taxpayer dollars to potentially fund gain-of-function research overseas, particularly after targeted efforts from 2014-2017 to improve the ecosystem of work with potential pandemic pathogens (NIH, 2017).
Potential next steps for addressing both punitive and preemptive measures if SARS-CoV-2 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology can be further deliberated based on how the origins of SARS-CoV-2 are defined and categorized, how SARS-CoV-2 may have left the laboratory, and the actions taken by China and World Health Organization in covering up the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic.