The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory is the only lab in China designated for studying dangerous pathogens like SARS and Ebola. On December the 24th 2019, laboratory bosses accepted an annual management review with the object to ensure the implementation of the management principles and quality objectives of the laboratory safety system, and to maintain the suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the system. A week later on the day the US Embassy was attacked in Iraq, The World Health Organization (WHO) alerted by Chinese authorities, of a string of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people. Patients were quarantined and work began on identifying the origin of pneumonia. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies a seafood market suspected to be at the centre of the outbreak. The market was closed on Jan 1, 2020. Here is the actual transcript of the meeting
According to The Daily Mail, on its January 2018 opening, biosafety experts and scientists from the US expressed concerns that a virus could escape the lab. In 2004, a SARS virus 'leaked' from a lab in Beijing.
The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory