It will likely take months, if not several years for Republicans to have the ability to launch deep-dive investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically China’s role, which could be significant.
In the meantime, various groups are beginning to unearth important and downright frightening details about the now-infamous Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). According to the Washington Examiner, a group called U.S. Right to Know recently obtained files through the courts which revealed that WIV had an interesting relationship with a U.S. educational institution.
The agreement, between the Chinese lab and the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Galveston National Laboratory, apparently, according to its contract, allowed WIV officials to order the university to “destroy” any “secret files.”
“All cooperation and exchanges documents, data, details, and materials shall be treated as confidential information by the parties,” the agreement said, which was one of the documents obtained by U.S. Right to Know.
It added: “The confidentiality obligation shall be applicable throughout the duration of this MoU and after it has been terminated. The party is entitled to ask the other to destroy and/or return the secret files, materials, and equipment without any backups.”
University of Texas’s Galveston National Lab trained lab techs for Wuhan Institute of Virology on biosafety for the Wuhan lab & collaborated in other ways — turns out the two labs also had an MOU where they could ask the other to “destroy” “secret files.”https://t.co/EYvojkoagP
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 24, 2022
The Galveston laboratory is of an extremely serious nature, being described as “a national biocontainment laboratory built at the University of Texas Medical Branch by the National Institutes of Health and the State of Texas to help combat global health threats.”
In an April 2020 statement from UTMB, it was revealed that the Galveston lab “has hosted Chinese scientists for training to work in the high-containment lab” and that its lab “is part of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Biodefense Laboratory Network.”
The Trump administration, at the time, noted that the U.S. lab and WIV had “substantial contractual relations” with each other. Hopefully, we’ll soon get to the bottom of it.