A look inside the lab where some claim the pandemic started
NBC has an exclusive look inside the Chinese lab where some claim the pandemic got its start.
For months we've been asking for access to the lab here in Wuhan that is fueling a political dispute over how and where the virus started. Mystery surrounds the high security lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that handles the world's most dangerous pathogens, making it the target of conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus. So you're 100% confident there was no leak, no accident. I'm confident there's no no 100% 100%. The institute granted NBC News the first independent media access to the lab. Um, jamming is the director you want. We had an encountered this novel Corona virus before, he says, Without having this virus, there's no way that it could be leaked from the lab. Has anyone at the lab either personnel or connected to the lab? 1/3 party contractor tested positive for this virus. No, nobody, nobody. While there is some skepticism about the labs claims, five leading virologists familiar with lab protocols told us it's improbable that the virus somehow escaped. This is a rare glimpse at the BSL four last ah box within a box with air locks on doors and separate filtration systems technicians were trained in France and the US windows to look out and see, and the China virus to China. Plague comes flu For months, the U. S and China have been locked in a battle over the origin of the virus and accusations that China delayed or didn't share information. U. S officials have yet to offer credible proof. The virus came from the Wuhan lad, a theory that's also being shot down by Dr Anthony Fauci for lacking any scientific evidence. China faces intense backlash for failing to contain the virus and for lack of transparency that has allowed speculation about blame to flourish. What do you say to somebody who says, I don't believe you? It is unfortunate that we have bean targeted as escape goat Deep down inside. Yeah, we know that were innocents. We've been told the Wuhan lab will join what the W. H. O calls a scientific study, but that it won't be investigated as a possible origin for the virus. Ah Fuller, W H O. Team of international and Chinese scientists is expected to start its investigation in the next few weeks, though the State Department has already said it expects an investigation that's completely whitewashed. Janis Mackey, Frayer, NBC News, Wuhan, China