A man walking at the Wuhan Baishazhou Market in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 6:03 PM PT – Tuesday, June 8, 2021
A new study by Oxford University has discovered there were no bats or pangolins sold in the Wuhan wet market. In fact, the study reported no bats or pangolins were found anywhere around Wuhan at the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Through their investigations, the scientists are believed to have effectively debunked the natural origin argument. China and Dr. Anthony Fauci have long claimed COVID-19 jumped from a bat to a pangolin, which was then sold at the wet market, leading to the spread among humans. However, recent studies have shown the virus likely originated in a lab.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) laid out evidence that reported of the thousands of animals that have been tested in the wet market, there were none who were infected with COVID-19.
“When you take COVID-19 and you try to infect bats, which is where most coronaviruses come from, what do you discover? You discover that COVID-19 is actually not very well infected in bats,” he explained. “The bats don’t catch it very easily. It seems as if COVID-19 is most adapted for humans.”
The Oxford study also reported that Chinese people rarely consume bats and the nearest natural habitat of bats is 1,500 miles away from Wuhan.