A report by a US government on the origins of Covid-19 concluded that the theory claiming the virus leaked from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is possible and needs to be investigated further. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, quoting people familiar with the official document.
The study was prepared in May 2020 by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and was referred by the State Department when it conducted an inquiry into the Coronavirus pandemic’s origins during the final months of the Trump government, the report said.
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US President Joe Biden said last month he had ordered assistance to find answers to the origin of the coronavirus. US intelligence agencies are considering two likely scenarios – that the virus resulted from a laboratory accident or that it emerged from human contact with an infected animal – but they have not come to a conclusion, he said.
A US intelligence report circulated during Former President Donald Trump’s government alleged that three researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill in November 2019 that they looked for hospital care, US government sources said. US officials have accused China of a lack of transparency on the coronavirus origin.