Thursday, April 1, 2021
Theory That COVID Came From A Chinese Lab Takes On New Life In Wake Of WHO Report : Coronavirus Updates : NPR
"I think there were a lot of people who did put together the fact that you had an outbreak in Wuhan and you have these laboratories in Wuhan fairly immediately," said David Feith, who was an Asia adviser in the Trump administration's State Department when the coronavirus emerged.
"The question was: What does the evidence tell us?" said Feith, who is currently at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington, D.C., think tank.
At the time, not much.
Former President Donald Trump and some in his administration latched onto the theory. But scientists focused on stopping the pandemic, and China dragged its feet on an international investigation.
Now, though, the lab leak hypothesis seems to have found new life.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization released a joint report with Beijing on the origins of the pandemic following a four-week investigation in China. It concluded, among other things, that the lab leak hypothesis was "extremely unlikely."
But WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he does not believe the team's assessment of the lab leak possibility was extensive enough.
"Although the team has concluded that a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis, this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts, which I am ready to deploy," he told WHO members, according to a written statement.
National Public Radio.