U.S. intelligence agencies provided U.S. President Joe Biden with a report on the origin of the coronavirus that lacked clear conclusions on the problem. This was reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday, August 24, citing sources in the form of officials.
The original objective of the study was to resolve the question – was the coronavirus transmitted from animal to human or did it spread as a result of a leak from a laboratory in Wuhan? However, in the end, no clear and specific conclusions on the origin of the infection were made.
Earlier, the United States had promoted the version that the coronavirus had appeared artificially. On May 20, the US House Intelligence Committee reported “circumstantial evidence” of information that a new type of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 had leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
On May 23, The Wall Street Journal noted that the Wuhan Institute of Virology staff illness in November 2019 may suggest that the theory of the artificial origin of the coronavirus is true.
On May 26, Joe Biden instructed U.S. intelligence agencies to “redouble efforts” to find the source of the coronavirus. He asked for a report to focus on specific areas that might require further investigation, including “questions about China.”
Previously, in late March, the World Health Organization published a report following a trip to China in January to study COVID-19. It was noted that experts could not come to a definite conclusion. According to the final document, transmission between animals and then to humans is considered most likely, with the least likely occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 in laboratory conditions. At that time, the researchers also did not recommend studying the hypothesis of SARS-CoV-2 leakage from the laboratory.
On August 12, the WHO announced the assembly of a new panel of experts to continue studying the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It was noted that the new series of studies would include further examination of data from primary cases and potentially early 2019 infections.
The next day, however, China said the investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, conducted jointly with the WHO, was sufficient and refused to allow the organization to reopen it. The new investigation, according to PRC authorities, would not be scientific, but solely politicized.