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No consensus reached within USG on origin of “Wuhan virus”

Yomiuri wrote from Washington that there appears to be no consensus among USG officials about the theory that the novel coronavirus outbreak originated at a biomedical laboratory in Wuhan. The daily said although President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo have mentioned the existence of “evidence,” the U.S. intelligence community and the U.S. military are apparently skeptical about the idea. While noting that the Trump administration is set to hold Beijing accountable for engaging in an information cover-up and hence triggering the pandemic, the article predicted that it will probably be difficult to pinpoint the origin of the pathogen. Sankei published a similar story, quoting the Secretary as saying on Wednesday: “We don’t have certainty, and there’s significant evidence that this came from the laboratory. Those statements can both be true.”

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