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WHO expert 'cannot rule out' possibility that Covid 'escaped' from controversial Wuhan lab

Professor John Watson said that the Wuhan laboratory's role in the origin of COVID-19 could "not be ruled out". He said the possibility of the coro

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Professor John Watson said that the Wuhan laboratory’s role in the origin of COVID-19 could “not be ruled out”. He said the possibility of the coronavirus pandemic starting with a leak from the Chinese lab in Wuhan “is still on the table”. The expert was among those that the World Health Organisation recently sent in a visit to China to investigate the origins of coronavirus.

It comes as the White House warned that it has “deep concerns” that Beijing may have interfered with WHO’s investigation into the origins of Covid.

Speaking to Andrew Marr on the BBC, Professor Watson, who visited the lab in question, said: “All four hypotheses remain on the table.”

Mr Marr followed up: “So the hypothesis that this escaped from one of the two big Wuhan research institutes and laboratories is not ruled out?”

The WHO expert responded: “It is not ruled, that is correct.”

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