Donald Trump has said the US will investigate the theory surrounding the Coronavirus, suggesting it originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, and was originally intended as a weapon for use in biological warfare, with secretary of state Mike Pompeo urging Beijing to “come clean” on the matter.
The source of the virus remains a mystery.
General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence indicates that the coronavirus likely occurred naturally, as opposed to being created in a laboratory in China, but there is no certainty either way.
Fox News reported on Wednesday that the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States. This report and others have suggested the Wuhan lab where virology experiments take place and lax safety standards there led to someone getting infected and appearing at a nearby “wet” market, where the virus began to spread.
- American spy agencies probe whether Wuhan Virology Lab was source of virus
- US suspects lab worker became ‘Patient Zero’ in lab accident, reports say
- China quickly blamed the Wuhan ‘wet market’, which did not sell bats
- Country is refuting allegations the pandemic could have originated in laboratory
- WHO parroted the Chinese government’s claim about the market’s likely role
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Beijing to ‘come clean’
- US diplomatic cables in 2018 warned of risky bat research at Wuhan lab
- Army general admits that ‘we can’t be certain’ about where virus emerged
- If true, the disaster could go down as biggest government coverup of all time