Editor,

Kudos to U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, for calling for a bipartisan investigation into the origins of the pandemic.

Scientists from leading institutions including Stanford and top intelligence officials are increasingly concerned that an accidental lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology may have started the COVID-19 outbreak.

At the Wuhan lab, U.S. tax dollars secretively funded dangerous coronavirus manipulation experiments on animals that the State Department warned could cause a pandemic. Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, has explained that, “by assembling a large repository of dangerous coronaviruses into a single lab in a densely populated city, and experimenting on animals, Chinese researchers greatly increased the risk of a lab leak.“

Our 3 million members in California and beyond are grateful to Rep. Eshoo for her outstanding leadership to determine how this devastating pandemic started so we can prevent another one.

Justin Goodman

Washington, D.C.

The letter writer is the vice president, Advocacy and Public Policy, of the White Coat Waste Project.

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Tafhdyd

Terence and Mr. Kahl,

Although Mr. Goodman brings up a concern for finding out what happened with the spread and origin of Covid-19, I suspect he has an ulterior motive. I am not so sure he would be as concerned about the origins if it was a case of just being in a petri dish or humans. In case you didn't do your homework, his organization is all about stopping the experimentation on animals using tax dollars.

edkahl

Mr. Goodman is a little late to the party. Republicans were accused of being racist all last year when they raised these concerns. The Chinese government had victims hospitalized in Nov 2019 with COVID and kept it a secret until late Jan 2020. They quarantined two Wuhan doctors to keep them for talking - both "died" in quarantine .

Terence Y

Mr. Goodman, thank you for telling us what many have already known about the origins of COVID. Note that previously, there had been Republican calls for an investigation. I’m glad Ms. Eshoo has finally taken action due to the open letter from 18 scientists calling for an investigation into the origins of COVID. For more information, there’s a May 19, 2021 House intelligence report which provides additional details:

https://republicans-intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/covid-19_and_the_wuhan_institute_of_virology_19_may_2021.pdf

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