The coronavirus likely escaped via a "leak or an accident" from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, a U.S. official said.
“There is a growing body of evidence that the lab is likely the most credible source of the virus,” deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger said last week during a virtual meeting with UK parliament members.
Chinese officials have insisted that the virus originated in a wet market where it jumped from a bat or pangolin to humans. The U.S. corporate media have accepted and regurgitated Chinese propaganda from the outset while ignoring the evidence that the virus escaped from a lab, likely the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Pottinger noted that "even establishment figures in Beijing have openly dismissed the wet market story."