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A British intelligence source told a news outlet that it’s “feasible” that the COVID-19 pandemic began with a coronavirus leak from a Chinese research laboratory, according to a published report. Intelligence agencies are investigating a possible leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which Beijing has insisted was not the source of the global pandemic, The Sunday Times of London reported. The paper cited an unnamed source “familiar with UK involvement in the investigation” as saying there could be evidence that points officials to one theory or another, but it will be hard to ever know the true origins of the virus. “The Chinese will lie either way,” the source said. “I don’t think we will ever know.” According to Fox News, the United States and Britain have both asked the World Health Organization to take a deeper look into the origins of COVID-19 and make another visit to China, where the first cases were detected. A March report from the WHO and Chinese experts said that the most likely scenario was that the coronavirus came from bats via a different animal and that the idea that it came from a lab was “extremely unlikely,” Fox reported.

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