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France contradicts US on coronavirus link to Wuhan research lab

Paris: France said on Friday there was no evidence so far of a link between the new coronavirus and the work of the P4 research laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the current pandemic started.

Workers wearing protective suits, masks and gloves handle containers of hot dry noodles at a noodle factory in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Workers wearing protective suits, masks and gloves handle containers of hot dry noodles at a noodle factory in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.Credit:Bloomberg

“We would like to make it clear that there is to this day no factual evidence corroborating the information recently circulating in the United States press that establishes a link between the origins of COVID-19 and the work of the P4 laboratory of Wuhan, China,” an official at President Emmanuel Macron’s office said.

The broad scientific consensus holds that SARS-CoV-2, the official name of the coronavirus, originated in bats.

In 2004, France signed an agreement with China to establish a research lab on infectious diseases of biosafety level 4, the highest level, in Wuhan, according to a French decree signed by then-foreign minister Michel Barnier.

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