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Origins of Covid-19 may never be known,- US spy agencies

Source : 112 Ukraine

The report also dismisses suggestions that Covid-19 originated as a bioweapon
13:29, 30 October 2021

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US intelligence agencies have admitted that they may never be able to identify the origins of Covid-19. This is stated in the disclosed report of the US intelligence community based on the results of a 90-day study of the sources of the pandemic on behalf of US President Joe Biden, Reuters reports. 

The report said US agencies and the global scientific community lacked "clinical samples or a complete understanding of epidemiological data from the earliest Covid-19 cases" and said it could revisit this inconclusive finding if more evidence surfaces.

The Office of the US Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said in a declassified report that a natural origin and a lab leak are both plausible hypotheses for how SARS-COV-2 first infected humans. But it said analysts disagree on which is more likely or whether any definitive assessment can be made at all.

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The report also dismissed suggestions that the coronavirus originated as a bioweapon, saying proponents of this theory "do not have direct access to the Wuhan Institute of Virology" and have been accused of spreading disinformation.

China responded on Friday by criticising the report.

"The US moves of relying on its intelligence apparatus instead of scientists to trace the origins of Covid-19 is a complete political farce," Liu Pengyu, a spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Washington, said in an emailed statement.

Meanwhile, over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian doctors confirmed 26,198 new cases of Covid-19, including 1,643 children and 379 healthcare workers.

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