Trump aide claims Covid 'came out of the box ready to infect'

Trump aide claims Covid ‘came out of the box ready to infect’ – claiming virus was being worked on by scientists in a Chinese lab

  • Dr Deborah Birx said most viruses take months or years to become infectious
  • Covid could’ve been made by Chinese scientists ‘working on vaccines’, she said 
  • Last week the UK surpassed 200,000 Covid deaths, with six million worldwide

Former US President Donald Trump’s Covid adviser believes the virus could have leaked from a lab where it was being worked on by scientists.

Infectious diseases expert Dr Deborah Birx told The Mail on Sunday that coronavirus ‘came out of the box ready to infect’ when it emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2020. The adviser said most viruses take months or years to become highly infectious to humans. But, Dr Birx said, Covid ‘was already more infectious than flu when it first arrived’.

She said that meant Covid was either an ‘abnormal thing of nature’ or that Chinese scientists were ‘working on coronavirus vaccines’ and became infected.

Former US President Donald Trump’s Covid adviser Dr Deborah Birx (pictured) believes the virus could have leaked from a lab where it was being worked on by scientists

‘It happens, labs aren’t perfect, people aren’t perfect, we make mistakes and there can be contamination,’ she said.

She accused China of initially covering up how infectious Covid was. Last week the UK surpassed 200,000 Covid deaths but worldwide the disease has killed more than six million.

Dr Birx’s comments came a month after the MoS revealed that the head of the World Health Organisation privately believes the Covid pandemic started following a Chinese lab leak.

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