A World Health Organization team visited several locations in Wuhan, including hospitals where COVID-19 patients were treated during the early stage of the outbreak and markets linked to early cluster infections.
According to WHO expert Vladimir Dedkov, who’s part of the team conducting field trips in Wuhan, they also visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology, accused of leaking the coronavirus. Dedkov also refuted the theory of a virus leakage from there after the visit.
He said, “It is well organized. I do not know who criticized them, the laboratory is perfectly equipped. It is hard for me to imagine that something could have leaked from there.”
Dedkov is also deputy director for scientific work at Russia’s St. Petersburg Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology issued an open letter last February, saying the assumptions were false rumors and the conscience of the staff in the institute was “absolutely clear.”