A former lead investigator into the origins of covid says that a huge cash incentive should be offered to Wuhan scientists to break ranks. Donald Trump’s former lead investigator into the sources of Covid-19 has told 7:30 that a huge reward is needed to encourage Chinese scientists to come forward.
David Asher, who worked for former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, said while China kept a tight grip on its people, a cash incentive may be the way to unlock some crucial information.
“Just because they have a totalitarian communist state that’s celebrating the 100th anniversary as a party doesn’t mean that they are impenetrable, doesn’t mean we can’t figure out what happened.”
Dr. Asher believes it is possible Covid-19 leaked from a lab.
Dr. Asher told a congressional hearing that it is his belief the virus leaked from a lab, and “they covered it up”.
“I think this was a lab disaster, a big meltdown,” he said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the lab leak theory is still a possibility despite its own investigations showing it “extremely unlikely”.
WHO says it is still most likely that the virus came from animals and spread to humans.
China has repeatedly and angrily rejected the lab-leak theory.
Dr. Asher has hit out against a group of medical experts dismissing a covid lab leak as a “conspiracy theory”, saying it can’t be ruled out “unless you’ve gone into the lab and look for the leak.”