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Biden receives ‘inconclusive’ intelligence report on Covid-19 origin

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Security personnel stand guard outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan as members of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the Covid-19 coronavirus make a visit to the institute in Wuhan. (Photo by AFP)

US President Joe Biden has received a classified report that shows the country’s intelligence community has been unable to identify the origin of the coronavirus.

The intelligence findings were inconclusive and not able to find out whether the virus had jumped to humans via bats or leaked from a laboratory in China, two US officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.

The report comes 90 days after Biden asked the US intelligence agencies to provide him with a report “that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion” about the origin of Covid-19.

At that time, the US president claimed that the intelligence agencies are divided over “two likely scenarios.”

“Here is their current position: ’while two elements in the IC leans toward the [human contact] scenario and one leans more toward the [lab leak scenario] – each with low or moderate confidence – the majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other,” Biden said on May 26.

The theory that the contagion had leaked from the Wuhan Virology Institute was originally hyped up by, among others, the administration of former US President Donald Trump as part of his hawkish anti-China policies.

Since infecting its first victims in Wuhan in late 2019, the pandemic has spread to nearly every country across the globe, killing more than four million people so far.

China has on several occasions called on the US to give a full clarification on its bio-military activities at home and abroad, a matter of concern also shared by Russia and others.

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