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Thursday, 13 June 2024 – 07:37

Trump claims COVID-19 originated in Wuhan laboratory

US President Donald Trump has claimed that he has seen evidence that the COVID-19 virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory.

Mr Trump said during Thursday’s White House news conference that he feels confident that the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, adding that US authorities were looking into it. The President said;

“We’re going to see where it is – we’re going to see where it comes from,” 

“There’s a lot of theories.”

“China might even tell us,”

However, the President has refused to say what information he has to suggest that his claim is correct. When asked by a reporter what gave him confidence that the virus had come from the Chinese laboratory, he said, “I can’t tell you that. I’m not allowed to tell you that.”

The Wuhan Institute of Virology has dismissed the allegations.

Mr Trump criticised China on Thursday for failing to contain the virus, saying, “This is something that could have been contained at the original location and it could have been contained relatively easily.” He later added, “One of two things happened. They either couldn’t do it from a competence standpoint or they let it spread. I would say probably it got out of control.”



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