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Guess who's buying into the lab-leak COVID-19 origin hypothesis now? – HotAir

Guess who's buying into the lab-leak COVID-19 origin hypothesis now? – HotAir
"Lab accidents happen. It’s common.”

CNN reported over the weekend that an “intelligence review” has senior Biden administration officials persuaded that COVID-19 may not have had zoonotic origins after all: Senior Biden administration officials overseeing an intelligence review into the origins of the coronavirus now believe the theory that the virus accidentally escaped from a lab in Wuhan is at least as credible as the possibility that it emerged naturally in the wild — a dramatic shift from a year ago, when Democrats publicly downplayed the so-called lab leak theory.Still, more than halfway into President Joe Biden’s renewed 90-day push to find answers, the intelligence community remains firmly divided over whether the virus leaked from the Wuhan lab or jumped naturally from animals to humans in the wild, multiple sources familiar with the probe told CNN.The absurdity increases with the well-established knowledge that the State Department had been warning about security practices in this particular lab in Wuhan for at least two years prior to the COVID-19 outbreak: In January 2018, the U.Tedros told reporters Thursday that there had been “a premature push” to rule out the theory that the virus could have escaped from the government virology lab in Wuhan.

But the fact that the lab leak theory is being seriously considered by top Biden officials is noteworthy and comes amid a growing openness to the idea even though most scientists who study coronaviruses and who have investigated the origins of the pandemic say the evidence strongly supports a natural origin.He contradicted his own statements in February following a WHO mission to China that concluded that a leak from the lab was “extremely unlikely.

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