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Pompeo claims ‘enormous evidence’ virus came from Chinese lab

In case you missed this last night, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has said in a television interview that there is “enormous evidence” that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Mr Pompeo did not present any facts to support his claim. 

The WHO maintains that the virus is of “animal origin” and not manufactured in a lab.

Two laboratories in Wuhan have come under the spotlight since the pandemic began – including one near a market where Chinese authorities said the outbreak started. But evidence that the virus was released from one of the labs – intentionally or accidentally – is highly circumstantial.

It comes as US President Donald Trump has ratcheted up criticism of China – accusing the country of a cover-up in its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking to the US network ABC, Mr Pompeo accused the Chinese government of stonewalling any investigations and refusing to co-operate with experts. This is what he said:

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