Washington—Report on the Origins of COVID-19 by the US Government National Laboratory It concluded that the hypothesis that the virus was leaked from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation. According to people familiar with such secret documents.
The study was conducted in May 2020 by Lawrence National Laboratory. Livermore in California and the US Department of State It was made as the pandemic̵7;s origins were investigated during the final months of the Trump administration.
President Biden is currently receiving a lot of attention from Congress. He ordered US intelligence agencies to report to him within 90 days of how the virus had developed. Biden said US intelligence agencies It focuses on two scenarios, whether the coronavirus comes from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.
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People familiar with the study said that Lawrence Livermore’s “Z Division,” an intelligence agency, Lawrence Livermore, has great expertise in biological issues. The assessment was based on a genome analysis of the SARS-COV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
Scientists analyze the genetic composition of viruses to try to determine how the virus evolves and spreads in a population. Proponents of both sides of the debate on the origins of COVID-19 have cited that analysis to try and make their case.
A Lawrence Livermore spokeswoman declined to comment on the report. which remains a secret
The assessment is the first attempt by the US government. To seriously explore the hypothesis that the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology of China. This is coupled with the competing hypothesis that the epidemic begins through contact with animals that infect humans.
One reader of the document, dated May 27, 2020, said it was a solid example for further investigation into the possibility of the virus emanating from the laboratory.
The study has also greatly influenced the State Department’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19. A State Department official was educated at the end of October 2020 and asked for more information. According to the timeline of the agency’s Weapons Control and Inspection Agency. which has been reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
The study is important because it comes from a respected national laboratory. And unlike the dominant view in the spring of 2020 that the virus was transmitted to humans for the first time through indeed infected animals. said a former official involved in the State Department investigation.
Research results of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which has been scrutinized by US intelligence agencies. It was revealed in a January 15 fact sheet, which outlined several situational reasons why the COVID-19 outbreak could have been caused by a laboratory accident. They include confirming that “US Government There is reason to believe that many researchers in WIV fell ill in the fall of 2019” with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or seasonal flu.
The journal reported last month that at least in part According to a US intelligence report, three researchers were so ill enough in November 2019 that they had to be hospitalized.
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White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said information about the three researchers came from foreign agencies and further confirmation was needed. Biden’s administration officials also noted that the US State Department’s Jan. 15 fact sheet admit that the US government It is not known exactly where, when and how the virus was first transmitted to humans.
The existence of the Lawrence Livermore study was reported by the Sinclair Broadcast Group last month and is documented in a recent article by Vanity Fair.
In his May 26 statement calling for a new intelligence investigation. Biden did not refer to the Lawrence Livermore secret report, but he said the US national laboratory which is overseen by the Ministry of Energy It will enhance the work of the spy agency.
After an initial public report on Lawrence Livermore’s study, a Republican on the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. which is conducting its own investigation into the origins of COVID-19 wrote to Laboratory Director, Dr. Kimberly Budil, requesting a briefing on the issue.
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a recent interview with Axios broadcast on HBO Max that the United States needs to reach the bottom of what is happening to prevent or mitigate the effects of a future pandemic.
He added that The Chinese government has not provided sufficient access or information to develop an international investigation into the origins of Covid-19.
“What the government didn’t initially do and hasn’t done is the transparency we need,” Blinken told Axios.