The Washington Post eventually went out on a limb to print an op-ed suggesting that the virus might have leaked from a lab. And more recently, the Wall Street Journal waded into the controversy with its article, "China's Reckless Labs Put the World at Risk."
On Feb. 28, Fox News tackled the COVID origins story, not to point blame, reporter Steve Hilton said, but to make sure "we learn lessons, to prevent the next pandemic."
The Fox News investigation reveals the connection between Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in Wuhan, China, where some scientists believe the virus originated.
"Fox News reporter Steve Hilton persuasively linked - for the first time on national TV - Dr. Anthony Fauci to the creation of COVID 19," said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., CHD chairman and chief legal counsel. "Hilton explains how Fauci - despite protests from leaders of the scientific community who warned that he was playing with fire - funded the specific gain-of-function study that almost certainly created the COVID-19 virus."
Kennedy added: "The irony of Fauci leading the global response to a pandemic that he may have created becomes starker by the day."
In October 2020, Kennedy, on behalf of CHD, wrote to Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) asking the Congressman to investigate the causes leading up to and contributing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Earlier this month, Posey introduced H.R. 834, a bill calling for an independent, bipartisan national commission on the COVID-19 pandemic.
As The Defender reported last week, 28 members of Congress sent a letter on Feb. 23 to the principal deputy director of the Department of Health and Human Services demanding an investigation into the National Institutes of Health's response to biosafety concerns raised about the taxpayer-funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China.