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Wuhan Lab Denies Any Link to First Coronavirus Outbreak

  • Coronavirus didn’t escape research center, director says
  • ‘Absolutely no way’ virus originated from lab, Yuan says
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A top Wuhan laboratory official has denied any role in spreading the new coronavirus, in the most high profile response from a facility at the center of months of speculation about how the previously unknown animal disease made the leap to humans.

Yuan Zhiming, director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, hit back at those promoting theories that the virus had escaped from the facility and caused the outbreak in the central Chinese city. “There is absolutely no way that the virus originated from our institute,” Yuan said in an interview Saturday with the state-run China Global Television Network.