In a new press statement from US Secretary State Mike Pompeo, there's evidence to suggest that COVID-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China.
The statement given by Pompeo happened last Friday, where the US Secretary of State said that the US will be sharing information with the World Health Organization's (WHO) investigation team that was sent to China to uncover the mysterious origin of COVID-19.
Pompeo said that the WHO should investigate three key components to the origin story of the COVID-19 pandemic; illnesses that occurred at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in the fall of 2019, the WIV's research into RaTG13 (closest coronavirus to SARS-CoV-2, and the "secret WIV links to military research." If you are interested in more information about this story, visit this link here.
Here's what the press release states: "The United States government has reason to believe that several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019, before the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses. This raises questions about the credibility of WIV senior researcher Shi Zhengli's public claim that there was 'zero infection' among the WIV's staff and students of SARS-CoV-2 or SARS-related viruses."
A fact-sheet has been provided by the State Department, saying, the "virus could have emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals, spreading in a pattern consistent with a natural epidemic."
It also states, "Alternatively, a laboratory accident could resemble a natural outbreak if the initial exposure included only a few individuals and was compounded by asymptomatic infection. Scientists in China have researched animal-derived coronaviruses under conditions that increased the risk for accidental and potentially unwitting exposure". However, the document states that the US isn't sure "where, when or how" the virus jumped to humans.
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