US agency says covid-19 may have leaked from lab – here’s what to know

Security personnel outside Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2021

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The US Department of Energy (DOE) may have new evidence to suggest that the virus responsible for the covid-19 pandemic originated from a laboratory in China. The news is the latest in an ongoing and contentious debate about the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

What evidence does the DOE have?

Unnamed US officials briefed on a classified document told the Wall Street Journal that the agency now believes that an accidental laboratory leak in Wuhan, China started the covid-19 pandemic. This was …


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