‘Circumstantial evidence’ points to Chinese role in creating virus, former Trump adviser says

Former President Donald Trump’s deputy national security adviser said Sunday that the “weight of circumstantial evidence” suggests the COVID-19 virus was not the result of a natural outbreak resulting from animal-to-human transmission but was likely first produced in a Chinese lab.Former Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger also said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that a recent expert mission from the World Health Organization to study the coronavirus’s origins in Wuhan, China, was “deeply conflicted” and that the U.N. health agency has made “all sorts of misinformed and untruthful claims” about how the virus led to a deadly global pandemic.The Biden administration has taken up some of the Trump administration’s doubts about the virus, saying China’s government still has many questions to answer about its response to the emergence of the outbreak in late 2019.

In this Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, Shi Zhengli works with other researchers in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. A 10-member team of international researchers from the World Health Organization hopes to find clues as to the origin of the coronavirus pandemic in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the virus was first detected in late 2019. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

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