A still-classified US intelligence report circulated during former President Donald Trump's administration alleged that three Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) researchers became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, sources familiar with US intelligence reporting and analysis said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
It remained unclear whether these researchers were hospitalized or what their symptoms were, one of the sources said. The virus first appeared in Wuhan and then spread worldwide. We don't have enough information to draw a conclusion about the origins of the coronavirus, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a news briefing. We need data. We need an independent investigation. And that's exactly what we've been calling for.
Information about the researchers was published in the Wall Street Journal.
China's foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said it was completely untrue that three WIV staff members had fallen ill.
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