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About a month before COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan, China, the State Department learned several workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in mid-November 2019, the Wall Street Journal reports.
A previously undisclosed intelligence report pointed to a fact sheet from January that only revealed that these individuals came down with “symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illness,” according to Fox News
The report comes amid the theory the coronavirus leaked from a laboratory.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House coronavirus adviser, recently stated he’s “not convinced” the virus developed naturally and is now calling for further investigations into where it emerged.
“I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said.
China has been criticized since the beginning of the pandemic for a lack of transparency.
The Wuhan lab built an archive of genetic information about bat coronaviruses after the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, WSJ reports.
Former President Trump said he saw enough to believe the Wuhan lab was the origin of the virus in April 2020. He also slammed the World Health Organization for conducting “public relations” for China.