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US intelligence agencies fail to reach concrete conclusions on the origin of Kovid-19

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(Lalit K Jha) Washington, Aug 28 (PTI) The US intelligence community has failed to reach any concrete conclusions on the original origin of COVID-19 and its opinion is divided on whether the infection spread from a laboratory in China or spread naturally. However, it believes that the virus responsible for Kovid-19 SARS-CoV2 was “not developed” as a biological weapon. The Director of National Intelligence said on Friday that SARS-CoV-2 may be at an initial stage around November 2019, in a report prepared at the direction of President Joe Biden.

(Lalit K Jha) Washington, Aug 28 (PTI) The US intelligence community has failed to reach any concrete conclusions on the original origin of COVID-19 and its opinion is divided on whether the infection spread from a laboratory in China or spread naturally. However, it believes that the virus responsible for Kovid-19 SARS-CoV2 was “not developed” as a biological weapon.

The Director of National Intelligence, in a report prepared on the instructions of President Joe Biden, said on Friday that SARS-CoV-2 was probably initially spread on a small scale around November 2019 and that the first cases of infection were reported in Wuhan in December 2019.

However, there was no consensus among the intelligence community on the origin of the corona virus. The intelligence agencies were not named in the report.

The report said, “This virus was not developed as a biological weapon. Most agencies also estimate that SARS-CoV-2 may not have originated genetically, although two agencies believe that there is not enough evidence to confirm this assessment.

The intelligence community also believes that Chinese officials had no prior knowledge about the Kovid-19 infection before it spread.

It said, “After assessing all available intelligence and other information, the intelligence community is still divided about the origin of Kovid-19. All agencies assess that two things can happen: transmission of infection from an infected animal and transmission of infection from a laboratory incident.

Some in the intelligence community assess that the case of infection with SARS-CoV-2 may have been the result of a laboratory incident that could possibly involve experiments, animal care or sampling by the Wuhan Virology Institute.

Meanwhile, giving information about receiving the report, Biden said in a statement that his administration will do everything possible to get to the root of this infection so that all necessary precautions can be taken to prevent it from happening again in the future.

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He said that important information about the origin of this epidemic is in China, but “from the beginning to the present, government officials in China have worked to prevent international investigators and members of the global public health community from tracing it.”

Biden alleged that so far China has been rejecting appeals for transparency and withholding information while the death toll from the epidemic continues to rise.

The US President said, “The world should get an answer and I will not sit still until I get an answer.” Responsible countries do not shirk such responsibilities towards the rest of the world. Epidemics don’t care about international borders and we have to understand how Kovid-19 came about to prevent more epidemics.

A World Health Organization (WHO) team that traveled to Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic in central China, said earlier this year that the disease was more likely to be transmitted from animals sold in a market. Some scientists have rejected this conclusion.

Biden said the US will continue to work with all partners around the world to pressure China to fully share information and cooperate with the World Health Organization to trace the origins of Kovid-19.

Biden said that the US will continue to pressure China to adhere to scientific rules and standards and protocols related to biosafety, including sharing data and information from the early days of the epidemic.

“We have full and transparent accountability for this global tragedy. Anything less than this is not acceptable.

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