The US agency estimates that the covid originated in a Chinese laboratory

The US agency estimates that the covid originated in a Chinese laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy has joined other federal agencies, such as the FBI, in concluding that the covid “most likely” came from a leak in a Chinese laboratory, The Wall Street Journal reported this Sunday.

Citing “a classified intelligence report recently provided to the White House and key members of the (U.S.) Congress,” the paper noted that four other U.S. departments continue to believe the coronavirus outbreak was likely due to natural transmission . are undecided.

The New York newspaper notes that the conclusion of the Department of Energy is the result of reading new intelligence data and considers this conclusion significant because the agency oversees a network of 17 U.S. national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research.

However, the Journal notes that the Department of Energy makes this claim with “little confidence,” while the FBI, when reaching the same conclusion in 2021, rated its confidence level as “moderate.”

Depending on the quality of the information and its origin, US intelligence agencies usually assign three levels of confidence to their conclusions: high, medium, and low.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan declined to confirm or deny the accuracy of information published by The Wall Street Journal.

In an interview on CNN this Sunday, Sullivan limited himself to pointing out that US intelligence has not yet received a definitive answer on the origins of covid-19 and while some agencies believe the virus originated in a lab, others claim they do. do well. not have enough information to come to a conclusion.

US President Joe Biden asked the intelligence community at the start of his term, in May 2021, to investigate the origins of the pandemic.

Source: El heraldo