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China Dismisses ‘Fabricated’ Virus Leak Theory Revived by Report

The Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology.Photographer: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

China lashed out at a report about a lab in the city of Wuhan where the coronavirus first appeared, saying it was driven by politics in the US.

“US politicians are rehashing the lab-leak theory to smear China in disregard of facts,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday at a regular press briefing in Beijing. “Such acts are driven by ill-intentions. This will only hamper science-based origins tracing and undermine international anti-Covid cooperation.”