Did the coronavirus ‘escape’ from a laboratory or is it of animal origin? The US intelligence report, drawn up at the request of President Joe Biden and drawn up after 3 months of investigation, does not dispel the doubt. But it tends to rule out the hypothesis of a biological weapon or a work of genetic engineering. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released an abstract of the report. The intelligence community, as CNN also points out, is divided on which theory – the escape from the laboratory or the natural ‘leap’ from animal to man – is correct. “All the agencies believe that the two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and an accident related to a laboratory”, reads the published text. “While this work has concluded, our efforts to understand the origins of this pandemic will not cease,” the president said in a statement following the release of the report. “We will do everything in our power to trace the root of this pandemic that has caused so much pain and death in the world, so as to take every precaution necessary to prevent this from happening again.” Biden openly criticizes China for its lack of transparency. “The world deserves answers and I will not rest until I have them”, the words of Biden, who denounces how China “continues to reject requests for transparency and to prevent international investigators and members of the scientific community have access to information “. “Responsible nations – he stresses – do not shirk this type of responsibility towards the rest of the world. Pandemics do not respect international borders and we must all better understand how Covid originated to avoid further pandemics”. failing to reach a definitive conclusion, he excludes that Covid-19 was developed as a biological weapon: for the majority of the agencies involved, it is not conceivable that the virus is the result of genetic manipulation. For one agency, in particular, it is possible to assume that the first human infection was the result of a laboratory accident that “probably involved an experiment, handling of animals or samples by the Wuhan Institute.” According to the report, the virus would have infected the first humans no later than November 2019. However, all these elements do not allow us to reconstruct the puzzle: more data and other information would be needed “for a more definitive explanation on the origin of covid-19. “. “The intelligence community and the global scientific community complain about the lack of clinical samples or a complete understanding of epidemiological data relating to the first cases”, reads the text. “China’s cooperation would be necessary to reach a conclusion. Beijing, however, continues to obstruct a comprehensive investigation, opposes information sharing and criticizes other countries, including the US.”
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