The Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday released a declassified US intelligence community assessment of the origin of COVID-19.
The evaluation concluded that the coronavirus was not synthesized as a biological weapon.
The full report indicated that the Wuhan Institute of Virology “previously created clusters of SARS-like coronaviruses, but the available information does not provide insight into whether SARS Cov-2 was genetically engineered by the said institute.”
The report indicated that four US intelligence agencies said with “low confidence” that the virus was initially transmitted from an animal to a human, while a fifth intelligence agency saw with “medium confidence” that the first human infection was linked to a laboratory.
The first human cases of COVID-19 appeared in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.
China has repeatedly rejected theories that the virus has leaked from one of its laboratories and has said no more visits are needed.
The World Health Organization said earlier this month that its new advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be our “last chance” to find out the origin of the “SARS-Cove-2” virus, and called on China to cooperate by providing data on the first cases.
Source: Reuters + usnews