Wuhan lab report questions reasoning behind air safety and waste treatment systems renovations

Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know as you start your  Wuhan lab report raises further questions about possible COVID-19 lab leak Months ahead of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Wuhan National Biosafety Lab requested bids for significant renovations to air safety and waste treatment systems in research facilities that had been operational for less than two years, according to a new congressional report on the pandemic’s origins, obtained by Fox News.

“Such a significant renovation so soon after the facility began operation appears unusual,” said the report from the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Republican staff. The projects for air disinfection, hazardous waste, and central air conditioning systems “all raise questions about how well these systems were functioning in the months before the outbreak of COVID-19.” The valid reason for the procurement posting is unclear, as is when or if the work was even initiated. It adds another detailed element to the controversial argument that the pandemic began in a Wuhan lab, including suspicious behavior and obfuscation from China’s government and signs the pandemic began months before previously assumed.

Only weeks ahead of President Biden’s deadline for the intelligence community’s review into the origins of the pandemic, Republicans will release their most detailed case yet, arguing that researchers in Wuhan could have genetically manipulated the virus and that “the preponderance of evidence suggests SARS-CoV-2 was accidentally released from a Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory.” Staff for Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will include this information as a supplement to their September report.

In other developments:

– Top Biden officials now believe COVID lab leak possible: report
– Fauci, a top scientist, called to brief House committees; the phone call questioned
– GOP reps seek answers from Fauci on whether he misled Americans on gain-of-function research in China
– Sen. Rand Paul: ‘In all likelihood’ COVID escaped from a Wuhan lab
– Mark Meadows calls out Dr. Fauci over his response to the Wuhan lab leak theory

Fauci’ respectfully disagrees’ that masks are a ‘choice’: ‘Infection impacts everyone.’

White House Chief Health Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has rejected the idea that face masks are a “personal choice” in the face of the increasingly severe delta variant of the coronavirus. On Thursday, the United States recorded almost 80,000 new COVID-19 cases – well below the January peak of nearly 300,000 new daily cases but a stark rise from a month ago when everyday issues were under 10,000. While the number of those cases driven by the more transmissible delta variant is not precise, the CDC advised in early July that the variant was likely the dominant strain in the U.S. The CDC once again announced masks whenever individuals are inside shared spaces, but many people have resisted the call to wear masks, saying they have a right to choose one.

“I respectfully disagree with them,” Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week.” “There are individual responsibilities that one has, and there are things that have to do with you individually which also impact others, and the spread of infection that we’re seeing now … is impacting everyone in the country.” “Although you want to respect a person’s right, when you’re dealing with a public health situation, and we are in fact in a severe public health challenge here … a person’s individual decision to not wear a mask not only impacts them … but you very well may infect another person who may be vulnerable,” he added.

In other developments:

– Fauci warns latest COVID-19 wave is ‘going to get worse.’
– NYT’s Bret Stephens hits Fauci in a scathing op-ed: ‘Covid misinformation comes from the top, too.’
Gavin Newsom slammed for mask ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘ignoring science’ by GOP gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder
– Contradictions from Fauci, CDC throughout the COVID pandemic outlined in a viral Twitter thread

Olympic athlete Raven Saunders becomes latest to inject politics into Tokyo games.

American silver medalist shot-putter Raven Saunders delivered a political demonstration at the Olympics podium on Sunday in the latest protest at the Tokyo games. During the photo-op at her medals ceremony, Saunders stepped off the stage, lifted her arms above her head, and formed an “X’ with her wrists. “It’s the intersection of where all oppressed people meet,” she said when asked what her protest meant.

Saunders, who is openly gay, has often wondered if the Olympics could live up to the mission of diversity. “To be me. To not apologize,” she said in a wide-ranging conversation after her second-place finish. “To show younger people that no matter how many boxes they try to fit you in, you can be you and accept it. People tried to tell me not to do tattoos, piercings, etc. But look at me now, and I’m poppin’.” Moments after Saunders’s protest, American fencer Race Imboden was also seen with a circled X wrote on his hand as he went to the podium at a different venue after the U.S. men’s foil team beat Japan in the bronze medal match. Saunders’s protest comes after a handful of other Olympians demonstrated during the summer games, including players for the U.S. women’s soccer team, who knelt in protest of racism and discrimination ahead of a match with Sweden last month.

In other developments:

– Tokyo Olympics 2020: Americans who have won gold medals at the Games
– Gold and green: Olympic basketball, NBA business intersect
– Belarus runner says team forcing the departure
– Hello, again: U.S. and Spain to meet in Olympic men’s quarters


Senators produce $1T infrastructure bill after days of negotiations
– Minnesota boyfriend charged in decapitation death of woman; several people reportedly witnessed the incident
Chicago violence: 5 dead, 50 shot amid bloody weekend
– Drone footage of migrants at Texas bridge an ‘absolute catastrophe’ from Biden, Republican says
– Louisiana man accused of killing his grandma, stabbing mom, and wounding three others during rampage: police


– Ex-Facebook employee sounds alarmed after rejecting big payday to speak out
– Square agrees to acquire Afterpay in an all-stock deal
– Scholastic CEO’s sudden death, an office romance, and a surprise will
– Tax agency rules Trump owed $1M refund, but it may not be easy to collect
– California pig rules could cause bacon to disappear


Mark Levin, host of Fox New’s “Life, Liberty & Levin,” explained to viewers how to use leftist tactics to combat Marxism on Sunday’s show. “I am thrilled that parents are starting to show up in numbers at school board meetings, but they’re abused at these school board meetings,” Levin said, adding, “We need to adopt the strategies of the left in some respects … We can use Boycott, Divest and Sanctions against institutions that are undermining our country and destroying the minds of our children.” Not signed up yet for Fox News First? Click here to find out what you’re missing. Fox News Go Watch page is now available, providing visitors with Pay T.V. provider options in their area carrying Fox News Channel & Fox Business Network. Fox News’ Jack Durschlag compiled Fox News First. Thank you for making us your first choice in the morning! We’ll see you in your inbox first thing Tuesday.

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