A report on the origins of Covid-19 by a US government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis claiming the virus leaked from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation, according to a report.
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 pandemic’s origins during the final months of the Trump administration, the The Wall Street Journal reported.
Lawrence Livermore’s assessment drew on genomic analysis of the Covid-19 virus, the newspaper said. The laboratory declined to comment on the report.
President Joe Biden said last month he had ordered aides to find answers to the origin of the virus.
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, Mr Biden said.
A still-classified US intelligence report circulated during former President Donald Trump’s administration alleged that three researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, US government sources said.
US officials have accused China of a lack of transparency on the origin of the virus, a charge Beijing has denied.
Last week, the former head of MI6 said that evidence that a lab leak in Wuhan sparked the coronavirus pandemic has probably been destroyed by China. Sir Richard Dearlove warned that it would be difficult to prove that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was working on ‘gain of function’ experiments to make a natural coronavirus more deadly to humans.
Sir Richard was speaking to Allison Pearson on the Telegraph’s Planet Normal podcast, which you can listen to here:
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