WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Evidence continues to grow that the global coronavirus pandemic originally came out of a laboratory in Wuhan, China following the report that three scientists there were hospitalized in November 2019, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Monday.
“This is consistent with the State Department bulletin, the timing that would put it sufficiently early that it could have triggered this epidemic, the timing of these infections put it within this realm [of possibility],” Gottlieb told CNBC in an interview. “The side of the ledger that said this could have come out of a laboratory has continued to grow.”
“We found no evidence of this virus in an animal anywhere. We haven’t found the true source of the virus. With MERS and SARS we had found the intermediate host by this point,” he said.
However, although the circumstantial evidence continued to grow that the outbreak had originated in the Wuhan laboratory, unless a whistleblower emerged, no hard evidence or decisive conclusion was going to appear, Gottlieb concluded.
According to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, the US intelligence community still does not know the origins of the COVID-19 virus and believes it could have emerged naturally after a human contact with an animal or through a laboratory accident.