Secretary of State Mike Pompeo floated the idea that Coronavirus somehow escaped a Chinese lab and claimed there was “enormous evidence” to back it up. Pompeo was on ABC’s “This Week” where he told host Martha Raddatz, “I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan.”
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“We have said from the beginning, this virus originated in Wuhan, China. We took a lot of grief for that from the outset,” he continued.
“But I think the whole world can see now,” Pompeo added. “Remember, China has a history of infecting the world and they have a history of running sub-standard laboratories. These aren’t the first times that we have had the world exposed to viruses as a result of failures from a Chinese lab.”
Dr. Fauci doesn’t share that same mindset, telling National Geographic it’s likely the virus originated in animals and jumped species into humans.
“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated … Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species,” Fauci said.
There have been several confirmed cases of Coronavirus in pets and zoo animals.
The CDC lists the cause of the virus as coming from animals as well.
- We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but we know that it originally came from an animal source.
- At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
- We are still learning about this virus, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations.