British intelligence agencies have deemed the theory that the deadly coronavirus leaked from a lab in China to be “feasible,” according to a report.
After initially claiming there was only a “remote” chance that the pandemic originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a reassessment led British officials to increase the likelihood to “feasible,” the Sunday Times of London reported.
“There might be pockets of evidence that take us one way, and evidence that takes us another way. The Chinese will lie either way. I don’t think we will ever know,” the newspaper quoted a source as saying.
The new assessment by British spies comes on the heels of President Biden announcing last week that he has ordered the US intelligence community to conduct a 90-day investigation into whether COVID was released by the Chinese lab.
Researchers working next to a cage with mice inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, China.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images Security personnel keep watch