Chinese coronavirus study fuels lab leak conspiracy theories

A recent Chinese coronavirus study has fueled false claims that researchers created a more deadly COVID-19 variant with a “100 percent kill rate” as a bioweapon. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, infected mice with an existing pangolin coronavirus strain that mutated in a lab.

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