Sen. Cotton: All Evidence Says COVID-19 Came Direct From Wuhan Labs

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May 5, 2020

By Julia Musto | Fox News

All evidence in investigations of the origin of the deadly coronavirus pandemic points to two laboratories in Wuhan, China, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Tuesday.

In an appearance on “America’s Newsroom” with host Sandra Smith, Cotton said that, contrary to another theory, no evidence pointed to the virus originating in a seafood market in Wuhan:

“Now, all the evidence pointing to those labs — the fact that they use bats, that they research coronaviruses, that they have a history of bad safety practices, that the original person infected with the virus had no contact with the [seafood] market — all of that is circumstantial evidence to be sure.

“But, in intelligence questions, we rarely get direct or conclusive evidence. So, I agree that all of the evidence — albeit circumstantial — points directly at those labs.”

“And, if the Chinese Communist Party has evidence to the contrary, they need to bring it forward to the world.” 

“Now, whether the virus was genetically modified or engineered is a highly technical scientific question. And, the weight of scientific opinion right now, [says] that,’No, this was a naturally occurring virus.’ But, a naturally occurring virus can, of course, be present in a laboratory where it’s being studied.

“That is a different question from saying that laboratory may have had bad safety practices and there could have been an accidental breach which was the original source of what has become this terrible pandemic.”

On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported it was “assured” that the novel coronavirus is “natural in origin … ” Read more.