According to a recent Senate study written by two physicians and GOP staff, “the majority of circumstantial evidence indicates an accidental research-related event” that resulted in the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
The Education, Health, Labor and Pensions Committee’s top Republican senator from Kansas, Roger Marshall, and staff examined more than 50,000 documents to create the 300-page study, “Muddy Waters. This research is the result of a multidisciplinary effort by experts in medicine, science, law, politics, and general policy to catalog unclassified information pertinent to the various ideas,” according to the report.
According to this information, there were probably two leaks, Marshall informed the media. The creation of a vaccine in November 2019 came after the potential for a lab leak in the period between September and October , maybe even as soon as July or August. The most logical reason in our retrospective study appears to be another lab leak.
“The information provided in this Source Reference Document represents 18 months of intensive research and along with analyses of these two possible hypotheses,” the paper states. “Experts have presented two main hypotheses about the virus’s origin. According to the first hypothesis, SARS-CoV-2 spreads naturally among zoonotic species. A second hypothesis is that a studies-related event resulted in the human infection of the virus. Both theories are tenable.”
The “zoonotic spillover” theory, which is a hypothesis that the virus developed spontaneously, was explored in the paper.
“The lack of critical epidemiological as well as genetic data obtained from the Huanan Seafood Market undermines the natural zoonotic spillover concept. However, the evidence needed to substantiate a natural zoonotic source depends on data supplied by China, which is either insufficient or conflicting,” according to the paper.
The research claims that “early published circulating Wuhan COVID-19 strains’ epidemiological and genetic molecular investigations supported the possible existence of two spillover incidents occurring two or more weeks apart.”
“This conclusion was reached based on slight genetic variations in the earliest known strains, which suggested that two lineages of the same virus could’ve originated concurrently and developed along distinct routes or sequentially separated by some amount of time. One lineage having more mutations than the other suggests that it has been around longer or may have gone through more people.”
The report then brings down the hammer. The study comes to the conclusion that “the majority of circumstantial evidence indicates an accidental research-related incident.”