A University of Texas Medical Branch Lab director who visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2017 says that it would be foolish to dismiss the idea that the coronavirus escaped from the facility, and that “Accidents happen” in such labs.

The Houston Chronicle reports that James Le Duc, the director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), believes it is possible that an accident in the Wuhan lab could have led to the global virus outbreak.

“Accidents happen,” Le Duc, a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official, told the Chronicle.

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