U.S. intelligence community has spoken out on the likelihood of COVID's origin from the Wuhan lab
U.S. intelligence agencies have found no direct evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic originated from an incident at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology. At the same time, US intelligence still cannot rule out that the virus came from the laboratory.
According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the origin of the virus itself remains in question, as well as its origins. This was reported by Reuters.
The intelligence report states that the CIA and other agencies are still unable to determine the exact origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, as both hypotheses (natural and laboratory) are based on significant assumptions. Moreover, all versions face problems due to conflicting reports.
The report states that "extensive work" on coronaviruses has indeed been done at the Wuhan Institute in China. However, the agencies found no evidence of a specific incident that could have caused the COVID-19 outbreak.
"We continue to have no indication that pre-pandemic research funds included SARSCoV-2 or its close ancestor, nor any direct evidence that a specific research-related incident involving Wuhan laboratory personnel occurred prior to the pandemic that could have caused the COVID pandemic," the report said.
As a reminder, in March 2023, the House of Representatives (the lower house of the US Congress) unanimously voted to declassify US intelligence information on the origin of COVID-19. This was a large-scale demonstration of bipartisan support on the eve of the third anniversary of the deadly pandemic.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, US Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray said that the COVID-19 pandemic probably originated from a leak from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan. He also emphasized that the Chinese government is doing its best to prevent the disclosure of the true cause of the pandemic.