Yesterday Dr Maria Van Kerkhove – a lead member of the World Health Oganization’s coronavirus task force – told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that evidence suggested the virus was not man-made, and had a “natural origin”.
Throughout the pandemic, there has been speculation that the virus was released – intentionally or accidentally – from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
China rejects this, and there is no public evidence that it is true.
At a press conference, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was “enormous evidence” of it starting in a Wuhan lab, but didn’t provide any supporting facts.
A Washington Post article last month also revealed that US embassy officials were worried about biosecurity at one of Wuhan’s virus labs.However the Post conceded there was no evidence that the lab was the source of the outbreak.