In a declassified summary released on Friday, August 27th, US officials stated that the US intelligence community does not believe it can determine if a Chinese laboratory incident was the source of Covid-19 without more information.
The Rappler reports that US officials are looking to China to help solve questions regarding the true origin of the virus saying, “China’s cooperation most likely would be needed to reach a conclusive assessment of the origins of Covid-19.” President Joe Biden had ordered an investigation into the topic, saying that that United States and its allies will continue to press the Chinese government for answers.
“Critical information about the origins of this pandemic exists in the People’s Republic of China, yet from the beginning, government officials in China have worked to prevent international investigators and members of the global public health community form accessing it,” Biden said in a statement after the summary was released.
The summary was released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. China’s embassy in Washington, D.C. issued a statement that the report wrongly claimed that China was hindering the investigation and that the report was not “scientifically credible.”
China has repeatedly pushed aside the theory that the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, the Chinese city where Covid-19 infections were first seen. Instead, they have suggested that the virus slipped out of a lab at U.S. Army’s Fort Detrick base in Maryland in 2019.
Several theories have been explored from within in the US intelligence community, each resulting in different conclusions. The World Health Organization did look into the Wuhan lab leak theory but dismissed it quickly. Their report was highly criticized for lack of sufficient evidence to properly dismiss the theory.
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