According to a high-ranking official, the US intelligence community has disagreements over the fact that Covid-19 appeared as a result of a laboratory accident.
Amanda Shokh, Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Strategic Communications, says the US intelligence community “does not know exactly where, when or how” the Cars-Cov-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, was first transmitted.
But he said the US intelligence community, which consists of 18 organizations, was “united around two possible scenarios.”
A branch of the intelligence community has come to the conclusion that the virus was caused by a laboratory accident with only low or moderate confidence, he said.
The other two industries tended to estimate that it arose naturally from human contact with infected animals, again only with low or moderate confidence.
«[T]he is the majority of the elements [intelligence community] “Do not believe that there is enough information to evaluate one more than the other,” he said.
Thursday’s announcement reveals little resumed debate The Wuhan Institute of Virology’s laboratory in China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology’s any possible role in the launch of the epidemic
China has has been denied many times The virus has left the lab, but the United States is pushing Beijing to cooperate more internationally with international efforts to investigate the epidemic.
US President Biden has asked US intelligence agencies to “double“Their efforts to investigate the origin of the Covid-19 epidemic և to report to him within 90 days amid new questions about the laboratory leak hypothesis.
a team of scientists The World Health Organization (WHO) concluded in March that it was highly unlikely that the disease could have escaped Wuhan’s lab, although the WHO later admitted that its Beijing-facilitated study had left some questions unanswered. unresolved,
The WHO said on Wednesday that more research was needed in a number of areas, including the laboratory leak hypothesis, that it was still examining its report recommendations.
Shokh said that the US intelligence community continues to study all available evidence, look at different perspectives, aggressively gather, analyze new information to find out the origin of the virus.