A scientist who formerly worked at a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-funded U.S. non-governmental organization says he believes the COVID-19 pandemic leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Newsmax reports.
Andrew Huff, the former vice president at EcoHealth Alliance and an infectious disease epidemiologist in his own right, said, according to the Washington Times, that his organization engaged in “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology for years prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Huff said he believes the Wuhan lab, which he notes as a Chinese bioweapons research facility that he was aware of since 2010, manufactured the coronavirus that would later escape and cause a worldwide pandemic.
“I suspected,” Huff said, “that this was a lab leak from day one and as time went on the information gaps that I had were filled.” The epidemiologist notes that no evidence supports a theory of the virus emerging out of the Wuhan wet market.
“The scientific evidence [for a laboratory leak] it’s overwhelming,” Huff continued. “There’s no evidence of natural emergence because based on all the scientific papers that have been published, it’s all data that was censored or curated and handed to us by the Chinese.”
In his new book “The Truth About Wuhan: How I Uncovered the Biggest Lie in History,” Huff argues that the international scientific community covered up the COVID-19 outbreak to conduct more gain-of-function research.