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Security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology Security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team in Wuhan, China, Feb. 3, 2021 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

The Coronavirus ‘Lab Leak Hypothesis’ Gets a Second Look

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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Once dismissed by mainstream media as a conspiracy theory, the so-called lab leak hypothesis of the coronavirus’s origins is now making a comeback. The suggestion that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, might have escaped from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan—whether intentionally or accidentally—has gained momentum in recent weeks. The controversial hypothesis remains unproven, but it cannot be ruled out based on the existing evidence. As a result, there are growing calls for a thorough investigation, including from leading epidemiologists, the World Health Organization and, most recently, the Biden administration. ...

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