After another 90 days of investigation, the intelligence community still has not determined the origins of Covid-19.
Agencies are divided on the virus’ beginnings, with four members of the US intelligence community saying with low confidence that the virus was initially transmitted from animal to human. A fifth intelligence agency put moderate confidence into the theory that coronavirus originated in a lab.
Analysts agreed that the virus was not engineered as a bioweapon, according to an unclassified summary of the report released Friday.
The intelligence community laid blame for its vague findings on the Chinese Communist Party, saying that to determine the pandemic’s origins with confidence they would need cooperation from China.
‘China’s cooperation most likely would be needed to reach a conclusive assessment of the origins of Covid-19. Beijing, however, continues to hinder the global investigation, resist sharing information and blame other countries, including the United States,’ the report read.
President Biden in a statement after the report’s release promised his administration’s efforts to unveil the pandemic’s origin ‘will not rest,’ while taking a swipe at China’s lack of ‘transparency.’
‘The United States will continue working with like-minded partners around the world to press the PRC to fully share information and to cooperate with the World Health Organization’s Phase II evidence-based, expert-led determination into the origins of COVID-19 – including by providing access to all relevant data and evidence,’ Biden said.