Biden accuses Beijing of hiding “crucial data” on the origin of COVID-19 | Coronavirus

US Intelligence Community Report Shows US Determined To Go Down The Wrong Path Of Political Manipulation, reacted the Chinese Embassy in the United States in a statement.

The intelligence community’s report is based on a presumption of guilt on China’s part, and only to make China a scapegoat.

A quote from:Extract from the press release from the Chinese Embassy in the United States

This top-secret report was submitted this week to the US president, who had given the intelligence services 90 days to redouble efforts in order to explain the origin of the pandemic.

Intelligence could conclude that SARS-CoV-2, the scientific name for the virus, had not been developed, according to a summary released on Friday. as a biological weapon, and had probably not designed genetically.

But they remain divided between the hypothesis of a first case caused by natural exposure to an infected animal, or having resulted from a laboratory accident.

Crucial information on the origins of the pandemic exists in China, and yet from the start, government officials in China have done everything to prevent international investigators and global public health actors from gaining access.

In detail, four intelligence agencies and the National Intelligence Council estimate with a low degree of confidence that the animal thesis is the most probable.

They rely in particular, to justify their verdict, on the many vectors for an animal show existing sources, as well as China’s ignorance of the existence of the virus before it emerged.

U.S. intelligence community says Chinese officials lacked early knowledge of virus before outbreak began, is it indeed written in the summary of the report.

However, another intelligence agency believes with a moderate level of confidence that the thesis of a laboratory leak is to be favored, probably by experiments, animal handling, or samples by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Here the experts give more weight to inherent risk coronavirus research, which was indeed conducted in Wuhan. The hypothesis would be that this work could have led to the accidental infection of an employee.

At last, analysts from three agencies do not decide between one or the other of the hypotheses.

The intelligence services consider themselves unable to provide a more definitive explanation cause of COVID-19 without new information provided by China, they write.

To this day, China continues to reject calls for transparency and withhold information, even as the toll from this pandemic continues to climb.

Our efforts to understand the origin of this pandemic will not falter, he promised.

A team of international experts sent by the WHO visited Wuhan in January 2021 for a study first phase on the origin of the virus. But their report, written in collaboration with Chinese specialists, had been widely criticized.

The thesis of the intermediate animal still to demonstrate

The study estimated that the passage of the virus from the bat to humans via an intermediate animal was the most likely scenario. She judged extremely unlikely that the virus came from a laboratory.

In mid-August, China rejected the WHO’s call for a new investigation on its territory.

Determining how the virus, which has claimed more than 4.47 million lives worldwide, passed to humans is considered crucial in trying to prevent the next pandemic.

The hypothesis of a laboratory leak had largely been ruled out at the start of the pandemic by the scientific community. But the famous intermediate animal remaining untraceable, this thesis had returned in force in the American public debate in the spring. In mid-May, around fifteen experts published an article in the prestigious journal Science calling for serious consideration.

Gradually, however, the scientific community seems to be backtracking. Last week, in the same journal, six scientists published an article with a telling title: the animal origin of SARS-CoV-2.

And in another scientific publication, Cell, 21 eminent researchers concluded: There is currently no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 originates from a laboratory.

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