China blasts Mike Pompeo for ‘conspiracy theory’ about COVID-19’s Wuhan lab origins

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China has dismissed heightened claims from the US that COVID-19 may have originated in a Wuhan lab — slamming it as baseless “conspiracy theories” and dubbing outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “Mr. Lies.” Beijing’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying insisted Monday that a US State Department “fact sheet” published Friday was “full of fallacies,” according to Bloomberg. The US report — which claimed that before the pandemic hit, several researchers fell sick in the Wuhan lab that worked on “secret projects with China’s military” — was the “last madness” of Pompeo, Hua reportedly said at a regular news briefing Monday. “The so-called fact sheet is another lie sheet produced by the US side,” Hua added, according to Bloomberg.