OPINION, By Betsy McCaughey
President Joe Biden flew across the pond Wednesday to meet European leaders.
He said the goal was to “deliver real results” on critical issues such as climate change and cybersecurity. Yet the president is ducking the most important issue: the cause of the pandemic.
Biden should be marshaling allies to act in unison, squeezing China to get answers — and reparations. Because evidence is mounting that the Beijing regime is guilty of manslaughter.
A column in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend persuasively argued that the coronavirus’ genetic sequence contains a sequence highly unlikely to come about naturally.
Physician Stephen Quay and physicist Richard Muller note that sequence is exactly what researchers would choose to engineer a virus for maximum infectivity against humans, rendering the natural-origin theory tenuous at best. Other recent analyses of the virus likewise point to the Wuhan virology lab — not nature — as the source of the pandemic.
It’s true that in science, nothing is settled; new evidence could still emerge and point in another direction. But there is no doubt that China acted criminally once the virus began circulating in Wuhan in 2019.
Communist Party authorities hid the virus’ existence for weeks, denied that it could spread human-to-human, muzzled their own scientists and blocked outside scientists from investigating — all in violation of Articles 6 and 7 of the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations.
Beijing is a repeat offender. In 2003, it hid the existence of the deadly SARS virus until it had spread worldwide, leaving a trail of death.
This time, Biden should be leading a multinational effort to isolate China, get answers and demand reparations. Without answers, warns Baylor physician and microbiologist Peter Hotez, there will be a COVID-26 and a COVID-32, meaning more viral disasters.
Biden is merely going through the motions, though, appearing to take action but doing nothing. He has called for a 90-day investigation by US intelligence agencies … Click here to read more.
Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York.