President Trump says he is convinced the coronavirus emerged from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan after seeing new evidence.
“Yes, I have,” Trump told White House reporters as quoted by New York Post when asked whether he’s seen proof that would suggest the virus originated in the lab.
However, he did not give more details when pressed to do so, saying;
“I can’t tell you that. I am not allowed to tell you that.”
This comes after US intelligence community said it agreed with the scientific consensus that the novel coronavirus was not “manmade or genetically modified.”
But it confirmed that it was looking into:
“whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.”
No direct evidence has emerged suggesting that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which has, over the past decade, been conducting research into bat-borne viruses linked to multiple epidemics.