The Wuhan Institute of Virology in China’s central Hubei province is back in the spotlight as calls grow for a renewed investigation into its possible role in the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: AFP The Wuhan Institute of Virology in China’s central Hubei province is back in the spotlight as calls grow for a renewed investigation into its possible role in the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: AFP
The Wuhan Institute of Virology in China’s central Hubei province is back in the spotlight as calls grow for a renewed investigation into its possible role in the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: AFP

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Lab leak or nature? Debate heats up on the origins of Covid-19 virus

  • Calls are growing to investigate whether the pathogen came from a laboratory studying bat viruses in Wuhan
  • The US president, the WHO chief, and governments across Europe are backing the scientists who want more information

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
The Wuhan Institute of Virology in China’s central Hubei province is back in the spotlight as calls grow for a renewed investigation into its possible role in the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: AFP The Wuhan Institute of Virology in China’s central Hubei province is back in the spotlight as calls grow for a renewed investigation into its possible role in the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: AFP
The Wuhan Institute of Virology in China’s central Hubei province is back in the spotlight as calls grow for a renewed investigation into its possible role in the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: AFP

Corrected [3:20pm, 10 Jun, 2021]

  • [3:20pm, 10 Jun, 2021]

    David Robertson is with the University of Glasgow, and not Edinburgh as stated in a previous version of this article.

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