President Joe Biden on August 27 confirmed the report of the intelligence community after 90 days of investigation into the origin of Covid-19 still has no firm conclusion. He said the US would work with like-minded countries to pressure China to provide more information.
“To this day, China continues to reject calls for transparency and withhold information, even though the costs of the pandemic continue to rise,” Biden said.
President Biden criticized China for not providing important information about the origin of Covid-19.
According to the report, most US intelligence agencies assessed with low confidence that the virus had not been subjected to genetic manipulation. They also believe that Chinese authorities did not know about the SARS-CoV-2 virus before the first outbreak. First outbreak in Wuhan in November 2019, Covid-19 disease broke out into a pandemic and by far the US is the most affected country with more than 630,000 deaths.
In a summary of the report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence wrote: “After examining all available intelligence and other information . . . the intelligence community still cannot agree on the origin of the report. most likely of Covid-19”.
Although it is not possible to provide a definitive explanation of the origin of Covid-19 because of the lack of new information, the US intelligence community can still be sure of a few points as follows:
– The first cases of the virus occurred no earlier than November 2019
– The first cluster of infections was in Wuhan
– Viruses were not developed to be biological weapons
– Most intelligence agencies assess with “low confidence” that SARS-CoV-2 is probably not genetically modified.
Up to now, there is still no final conclusion about the origin of the virus that causes Covid-19.
Speaking about the report, President Biden stated that key information about the origin of the pandemic exists in China. However, from the outset, the country’s authorities prevented international investigators and members of the global public health community from accessing that information, including clinical samples or epidemiological data from the first cases of Covid-19 in China.
The US President announced that his administration will continue to work with allies to press China to provide information and cooperate with the World Health Organization (WHO).
In response, the Chinese embassy in Washington DC said the report “fabricated” by the US intelligence community was scientifically unreliable.
The embassy stated: “Traceability is a matter of science. It should and can only be done by scientists, not intelligence experts.”
The Chinese side also criticized the US’s refusal to trace its origin in the US. They said that the US should invite WHO experts to investigate the Fort Detrick base in Maryland (USA), where the US military’s Institute of Infectious Diseases is located.