US assessment on Covid-19 originDate: 01 September 2021 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
A summary of the assessment carried out by Director of National Intelligence on the origins of Covid-19 has been released.
US President Biden had asked the intelligence community to look deeper into the origin of the virus after many reports on conspiracies emerged.
The investigations were carried out by several intelligence agencies. These agencies have been divided over reason for the origin.
The assessment clearly says that the virus was not developed as a biological weapon by Chinese authorities. It may not have been genetically engineered.
Agencies also say that Chinese officials did not have prior knowledge of the origin of the virus before the initial outbreak in the year 2019.
One of the intelligence agencies says that the initial outbreak may have been a result of a laboratory-associated incident.
Agencies point out that China continues to hamper the process of free investigation. There is lack of cooperation from official sources.
A WHO team had visited China to find out the origin of the virus. The outcomes were inconclusive, that had invited global criticism.
The team had categorically emphasized that the origin of virus in a lab was highly unlikely and may have most probably been an incident.
Scientists say that if origins are to be known, such enquiries need to be made sooner else the evidence may disappear with time.
China has been on defensive position. Diplomats and officials have criticized countries demanding investigation.
The Chinese media has gone to an extent and say that the virus was imported into the country from outside through food packaging.