NEW: ‘Smoking Gun’ COVID Evidence

( – In a groundbreaking development shedding light on the pandemic, a British academic presented to the United Nations the theory that COVID-19 might have been created in a laboratory in China.

Further supporting the theory, another expert suggested that the evidence is now as convincing as “a smoking gun.”

Richard H. Ebright, a molecular biologist from Rutgers University, expressed in a recent Wall Street Journal piece that the virus responsible for the global pandemic could have been artificially created at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. He pointed to a 2018 document from the lab detailing efforts to engineer a virus similar to COVID-19.

Ebright explained that this document significantly strengthens an argument initially based on the virus’s genomic sequence, which suggests a laboratory origin.

Ebright and Wade discussed Project DEFUSE, a grant proposal that outlined plans to modify bat coronaviruses to increase their transmissibility to humans. Although the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency declined the proposal, there is speculation that similar research was carried out with funding from the Chinese government.

Wade reasoned that viruses developed under the DEFUSE project could have been ready before the outbreak of COVID-19, which offers a plausible explanation for the pandemic’s timing and origin.

He further argued that the genetic characteristics enabling the coronavirus to infect humans efficiently hint that it was laboratory-created. He noted the virus’ immediate human transmissibility, unlike typical viruses which often require multiple mutations to jump from animals to humans.

The debate over COVID-19’s origins—whether natural or manmade—continues among scientists. Ebright says the theory that the controversial research led by EcoHealth Alliance played a role in creating COVID-19 is valid.

Following the exposure of 2018 documents, published by US Right to Know, Ebright highlighted stronger evidence pointing to a lab-based origin. These documents detailed efforts to enhance bat coronaviruses’ transmissibility, including modifications similar to those found in the pandemic-causing virus.

Researchers had proposed experiments involving the introduction of human-specific elements to viruses at the Wuhan lab, a facility criticized for safety standards below those of the U.S.

As the quest to pinpoint COVID-19’s beginnings persists, Dr. Filippa Lentzos from King’s College London underscored the need to consider the lab-origin theory seriously.

Speaking at the UN she advocated for strict scientific regulations to prevent future pandemics and acknowledged the challenges in tracing the virus’s origins but stressed the importance of being prepared for future events that might equally challenge global health security.