Newly revealed emails show that at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an inquiry into the Wuhan virus lab at the center of years of speculation regarding the virus’s origins.
The majority of pages in the email chain are redacted, leaving the contents of the inquiry uncertain.
The WIV has been at the center of longstanding expert and amateur speculation regarding its possible role in launching the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dangerous “gain-of-function”-style experiments were known to take place there, with researchers reportedly altering and amplifying certain types of coronaviruses to assess their potential risk for infecting human beings.
The lab has come under criticism for its reportedly lax biosecurity protocols. It is one of the highest-ranking virology labs in China.
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