And Republican senators Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz both raised the same prospect.
The study was published in early February as “pre-printed” Or preliminary design, by two Chinese researchers – Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao from Guangzhou South China And were not officially reviewed by colleagues.
It was concluded that “the new killer corona virus may have originated in a laboratory in Wuhan”.
But a number of US politicians and commentators have also made baseless claims about the origin of the virus.
Fox News’ main host, Tucker Carlson, cited a study that raised the possibility that the new Corona Virus “accidentally escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan”.
But Xiao has told the Wall Street Journal that he later withdrew the study. “Speculation about the possible origins in the post is based on published newspapers and media and is not supported by direct evidence,” the Wall Street Journal quoted him as saying.
The Washington Post reported in mid-April that two science diplomats from the US embassy visited the Wuhan Virology Institute in 2018. Warned Washington of “inadequate safety in the laboratory, which carries out risky studies of the corona bari virus from bats”.
Jeremy Konyndyk, who led the US government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. Also wrote on his Twitter account and responded to a report about an accidental laboratory leak. “Science does not preclude the origin of the laboratory but does indicate that it is very unlikely.”
Claims by elements in the Chinese government and media about the possibility of the US becoming the origin of this virus prompted. A response from US President Donald Trump who called COVID-19 a “Chinese virus”.
Not only that, State Secretary Mike Pompeo also demanded that China stop spreading “disinformation”.
President Trump recently announced that he would stop funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing him of being “very China-centric. In response, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said” it was not the time “to cut funding to the UN agency.