WHO Investigator Pressed if COVID-19 Was Engineered and Leaked From Wuhan Lab

A World Health Organization investigator is weighing in on the agency team’s findings after visiting a lab in Wuhan, China, amid a probe into the origins of COVID-19.

There has been speculation from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former President Donald Trump that the COVID-19 virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.

Pompeo suggested in May of 2020, “I’ve seen evidence that this likely came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

Additionally, the Trump administration supported those claims without evidence.

During a CNN interview, one of the WHO investigators, Peter Daszak, was pressed on if he believes it is possible the virus was engineered and leaked from the Wuhan lab.

“There’s no evidence of that at all,” Daszak responded.

He added that people at the lab brought up, “conspiracies around lab leaks,” and they “feel strongly” that those speculations have “no grounds.”

Watch the interview below:

The WHO team also visited the Huanan market where the COVID-19 virus was initially detected. As CNN reports, Daszak and other experts agree that the virus likely originated from wildlife but did not conclude the virus originated in the market or Wuhan.

The team of investigators is spending spend two weeks of field study in Wuhan, as part of a COVID-19 origins investigation.

While CNN’s David Culver notes that the field visit is 12 months after Wuhan went on a lockdown and over a year after the market was shut down, experts still believe they will find good information that could lead to the origin of the virus.

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