An Italian fertility specialist who has said he intends to create the world’s first human clone told a television show on Wednesday three women were pregnant.

Earlier this month a Middle East newspaper whipped up a storm of controversy by quoting Severino Antinori as saying that a woman in his program was pregnant, but did not provide details making it clear whether it was the result of cloning.

The Italian doctor has refused to confirm or deny the story, but told Italy state television on Wednesday that three cloned pregnancies existed in the world at the moment.