Fox News – Bret Baier joined “Hannity” Friday night to give an update on his report on the suspected origins of the coronavirus in China.
“More and more dots, both open-source and classified [information], point right to the lab. And that’s why we said increasing confidence.
“What there is 100 percent confidence of, and we’ve reported this and now more and more officials are saying it publicly, is the level and extent of the coverup China went to.
“They believe that this Shi Zhengli, who was working in the Wuhan Virology Lab, was essentially working on antiviral and immunization efforts. That’s what our sources are saying.
“That’s what matches some of the reports that were out from the University of South China and others, that there were efforts to study these viruses in that very lab … ” Read more.
There is no proof the virus was created, though previous US diplomatic cables warning of earlier safety issues in a Wuhan research facility studying bat viruses have fuelled speculation that Covid-19 could have come from there.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian yesterday said:
“I want to remind you that the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated many times that there is no evidence that the new coronavirus was produced in the laboratory. Many well-known experts in the world also believe that there is no scientific basis for such claims as laboratory leaks.”
He was responding to a Fox News report that sources in the US government had “increasing confidence” that Covid-19 was a bat-to-human virus which came from a Wuhan laboratory, although it added that the evidence was “not definitive and should not be characterised as such”.
Asked to confirm the same report, Mr Trump said on Wednesday at his daily briefing:
“I will tell you, more and more, we’re hearing the story. And we’ll see… We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened.”
Scientists have slammed claims that the virus was made in a lab.
“We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin,” a team of 27 scientists from outside China said in a statement in the Lancet medical journal in February.
“Conspiracy theories do nothing but create fear, rumours and prejudice … ” Read more.