Was the Coronavirus Intelligently Designed?

I just read about this conspiracy theory(accidental release of man made virus), and wondered what PS readers make of it:

https colon slash slash harvardtothebighouse dot com/2020/01/31/logistical-and-technical-analysis-of-the-origins-of-the-wuhan-coronavirus-2019-ncov/

UPDATE 2/14, 3:02am EST: [A probable smoking pre-print has been released](https colon slash slash www dot
scribd dot com/document/447056518/Originsof2019-NCoV-XiaoB-Res#from_embed), by the National Natural Science Foundation of China:

“In summary, somebody was entangled with the evolution of 2019-nCoV coronavirus. In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”

And in a predictable turn, that article has been removed and both researchers have since deleted their profiles off of the ResearchGate site completely. But curiously, the trend in reporting from the Chinese government diverged sharply on February 11th, when the paper was initially uploaded onto the site – making it appear as if there may be infighting within the Party about what their official story will be as the cover-up unfolds. Back on January 2nd, the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s director sent out a memo forbidding discussion of an “unknown pneumonia in Wuhan,” making it abundantly clear that the Chinese government knew about this outbreak long before they took any steps to contain it, or made any public announcement.

[Moderator Edit to Disable some links. - Dan]

In the interests of not promoting debunked theories, I will edit to disable a link above.