The Pentagon’s top official, General Mark Milley has dismissed assertions that COVID-19 could be a biological weapon. Speaking on the day of a Washington Post report about state department cables in 2018 in which US diplomats raised safety concerns about the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) which was conducting studies of coronavirus from bats, he said that US intelligence has looked into the possibility that the coronavirus outbreak could have started in a Chinese laboratory, but that the “weight of evidence” so far pointed towards “natural” origins.
The Chinese government’s official version of the start of the outbreak was the COVID-19 virus (Sars-CoV-2) was transmitted to humans from animals at Wuhan’s wild animal markets, though some Chinese officials have circulated conspiracy theories suggesting it was engineered in a US Biological laboratory.
There is no conclusive evidence that this happened at Wuhan’s notorious “wet” markets where wild animals were sold for meat. Analysis of the first 41 COVID-19 patients in the medical journal, Lancet found that 27 of them had direct exposure to the Wuhan market. But the same analysis found that the first known case did not.