Covid-19 may have leaked from Wuhan’s Lab, US reports.
A report on the origins of COVID-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory gave a hypothesis that the virus leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is conceivable and merits further examination. The Wall Street Journal said on Monday, referring to individuals acquainted with the classified record.
The study was prepared in May 2020 by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and was referred to by the State Department when it conducted an inquiry into the pandemic’s origins during the final months of the Trump administration, the WSJ report said.
US intelligence and possible scenarios
Meanwhile, US intelligence has been focusing on two possible scenarios. The idea that coronavirus came from human contact with an infected animal. Or it has stemmed from a lab leak. They’re yet to come to a conclusion, however.
A still-classified U.S. intelligence report circulated during former President Donald Trump’s administration. It alleged that three researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, U.S. government sources have said.
Separately, Mike Ryan, a top World Health Organization official said on Monday the WHO cannot compel China to divulge more data on COVID-19’s origins, while adding it will propose studies needed to take understanding of where the virus emerged to the “next level.”
The Wuhan Institute of Virology itself has also denied the virus stemmed from its lab, and claimed none of its staff have contracted COVID.
Earlier this month, U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci called on China to release the medical records of nine people whose ailments might provide vital clues into whether COVID-19 first emerged as the result of a lab-leak.