US intelligence issues Covid origins report

The US director of national intelligence (DNI) has released a report evaluating the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic

US intelligence issues Covid origins report
24 Jun, 2023 02:23 HomeWorld News

US intelligence issues Covid origins report

The assessment comes after Republicans accused the government of withholding key information on the pandemic

US intelligence officials have released a report evaluating whether the coronavirus outbreak emerged from a Chinese virology lab in late 2019, challenging a theory still embraced by other federal agencies. 

published the review on Friday, after investigating “potential links” between the Covid-19 pandemic and the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) located in central China. 

“plausible hypotheses” to explain the health crisis, adding that the US Department of Energy and FBI continue to believe the first human infection occurred as the result of a laboratory accident. 

“most likely” cause of the pandemic, a stance bolstered by the latest ODNI report.

“no indication that the WIV’s pre-pandemic research holdings included SARSCoV-2 or a close progenitor,” nor any direct evidence that “a specific research-related incident occurred involving WIV personnel before the pandemic that could have caused the Covid pandemic.”

“probably did not use adequate biosafety precautions at least some of the time,” including while handling “SARS-like coronaviruses,” it said officials were unable to identify any particular accident that might explain the global health crisis. Nonetheless, it said it could not definitively rule out the possibility of a lab leak.

law signed in March, which directed the government to declassify material related to the genesis of the global health crisis. The legislation passed with strong Republican support, after several GOP lawmakers accused President Joe Biden of stonewalling key information. 

“spreading myths” about the pandemic, and previously called on the World Health Organization to launch a new origins probe in the US mirroring similar investigations conducted in China.