Officials are holding back on exposing China for its role in starting — and covering up — the coronavirus pandemic in its infancy, Fox News’ Bret Baier says, in part because of the country’s crucial role in the supply chain.
The Washington Examiner reported that Baier told fellow Fox host Jesse Watters on Sautrday that the true extent of China’s involvement in the origin and spread of COVID-19 likely won’t be revealed for several months. “There’s a lot of holdback to the story,” Baier said, citing anonymous sources he’s spoken with.
According to Baier, his sources said the “holdback” comes in part “because of China’s control of some big elements, like PPE [personal protective equipment] and other things we have seen that China is slowing up getting to the U.S.,” the Examiner reported.
Still, Baier added, “My sources are saying in six months’ time, all of this will be out in the open.”
Baier, for his part, has long been keeping an eye on the coronavirus story. Along with two other colleagues at Fox, Baier revealed late last week that “[t]he U.S. is conducting a full-scale investigation into whether the novel coronavirus, which went on to morph into a global pandemic that has brought the global economy to its knees, escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China.”
“There is increasing confidence that the outbreak likely originated in a Wuhan lab, not as a bioweapon but as part of a Chinese effort to show that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal or greater than those of the U.S.,” the report, published by Fox, said.
Indeed, Baier told Watters Saturday that U.S. officials believe the virus was merely “was sloppily handled” by Chinese scientists.
Still, Baier said, U.S. officials “are 100% convinced that China covered [it] up quickly after the outbreak happened.”
Chinese officials, for their part, have since come forward to deny the allegations that the virus originated in one of their labs.
“As people who carry out viral study, we clearly know what kind of research is going on in the institute and how the institute manages viruses and samples,” Yuan Zhiming, the vice director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, said last week, according to NBC News. “As we said early on, there is no way this virus came from us.”
Yuan went on: “We have a strict regulatory regime and code of conduct of research, so we are confident.”
But as more and more evidence is discovered, that story is becoming harder and harder to believe.