The Trump administration, in a statement released on Friday, Jan. 15, issued strong accusations against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and openly blamed it for the pandemic caused by the CCP Virus. Whether its emergence began naturally or through a laboratory, the lack of transparency and the CCP’s refusal to allow the international community to investigate the causes makes it primarily responsible for the events, the statement said. 

For more than a year, the CCP has repeatedly prevented any transparent investigation by the international community into the origin of the CCP Virus that caused the global pandemic. A year after the spread of the virus was made known, the Chinese Communist regime accepted an investigation by its partner, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the controversy was reawakened. 

In a strongly worded press release, the White House blamed the CCP for its negligence in dealing with the virus, especially for its lack of transparency, lies, and restrictions that made it impossible for scientists and governments around the world to take timely action to stop the rapid spread of the virus.

According to the statement, the CCP, far from collaborating, dedicated “enormous resources to deception and disinformation,” and then warned, “Almost two million people have died. Their families deserve to know the truth. Only through transparency can we know what caused this pandemic and how to prevent the next one.

The government’s statement highlights the importance of generating correct and clear research on the controversial Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in order to reach accurate conclusions about the origin of the virus, how to face it and how to avoid future contingencies.

Three elements of the CCP Virus

The document highlights three elements about the origin of the CCP Virus that deserve special attention.

First, there are many reports that IVW employees became ill with the virus in late 2019, even before the first reported case of the outbreak. 

With the aggravating circumstance, “The CCP has prevented independent journalists, researchers, and global health authorities from interviewing WIV researchers, including those who were ill in the fall of 2019,” the statement said.

Second, it is public knowledge that WIV had been working at least since 2016 with coronaviruses compatible with the CCP Virus in animals such as bats, mice, and pangolins.

Even their work on coronaviruses in bats was registered on their website, after the pandemic they were altered and finally eliminated.

Thirdly, and not least, the secret military activity within WIV should be considered with great caution. 

“Secrecy and nondisclosure are standard practice for Beijing [CCP]. For many years the United States has publicly raised concerns about China’s past biological weapons work, which Beijing has neither documented nor demonstrably eliminated, despite its clear obligations under the Biological Weapons Convention.”

Although WIV presents itself as a civilian institution, the United States “has determined that the WIV has collaborated on publications and secret projects with China’s military. The WIV has engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017.”

With respect to the CCP Virus, the CCP has a huge advantage over the rest of the world in that it is the only government that has accurate information about what happened and is happening at the epicenter of the virus. 

Researching the CCP Virus

Any credible research on the virus should at a minimum require full and transparent access to the WIV facilities, free access to its documentation and laboratory samples, interviews with its staff, and research records. 

“As the world continues to battle this pandemic—and as WHO investigators begin their work, after more than a year of delays—the virus’s origin remains uncertain. The United States will continue to do everything it can to support a credible and thorough investigation, including by continuing to demand transparency on the part of Chinese authorities,” the statement concluded.

The government’s statement followed comments by National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger about the existence of new evidence of the origin of the CCP Virus. 

“There is a growing body of evidence that the laboratory in Wuhan is probably the most credible source of the virus,” Pottinger said at a meeting with UK officials, according to the Daily Mail on Jan. 2.