But if that was what was happening, wouldn’t the chinese be the first to say so? Wouldn’t they be wanting to push blame back onto the US?
If on the other hand. the NIH was funding the sequencing of bat virus genomes, that’s just normal epidemiology to me, to answer the exact questions we are asking now - is there a family of bat viruses circulating that is very similar to SARS1 (2003) that could crossover again? This is exactly what the NIH was funding for HIV research - it led to the discovery of simian (monkey) immunodeficiency viruses that were very similar to HIV, uncovering a likely source for HIV. These are the questions people always ask scientists - “where did it come from?” then you’re damned if you try to find out, and damned if you don’t.