US intelligence agencies may be unable to identify the origins of Covid-19

The intelligence agencies of USA said Friday they may never be able to pinpoint the origins of the Covid-19, when they released a new and more detailed version of their review on whether the coronavirus It came from animal-to-human transmission or was leaked from a laboratory.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) claimed in a declassified report that a natural origin and a laboratory leak are plausible hypotheses about how the SARS-COV-2 infected humans for the first time. But he said analysts disagree on which one is more likely or whether any definitive assessment can be made.

The report also rejected suggestions that the coronavirus originated as a biological weapon, saying that proponents of this theory “do not have direct access to it. Wuhan Institute of Virology“and have been accused of spreading disinformation.

The report released Friday is an update of a 90-day review that the president’s administration Joe Biden published in August, amid intense internal political disputes over how much to blame China by the effects of the pandemic rather than by governments that may not have acted quickly enough to protect citizens.

Former Republican President Donald Trump, who lost his candidacy for reelection as the pandemic devastated the economy of USA, and many of his supporters referred to the Covid-19 like the “Chinese virus”.

Some American spy agencies had been in favor of the explanation that the virus originated in nature. But there has been little corroboration and in recent months the virus has spread widely and naturally among the wild animals.

The ODNI report said that four spy agencies from USA and a multi-agency body have “little confidence” that the Covid-19 originated with an infected animal or a related virus.

But one agency said it had “moderate confidence” that the first human infection by Covid-19 could have been the result of a laboratory accident, probably related to experimentation or handling of animals by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Espionage agencies believe that they will not be able to produce a more definitive explanation of the origin of Covid-19 no new information showing that the virus took a specific route from animals to humans or that a Wuhan laboratory was handling the virus or a related virus before it emerged Covid-19.

The report asserts that the US agencies and the global scientific community lacked “clinical samples or a complete understanding of the epidemiological data of the first cases of Covid-19“and adds that they could revise this inconclusive finding if more evidence emerges.

China has faced international criticism for failing to cooperate more fully in investigations into the origins of the Covid-19. The embassy of China in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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