According to The Wall Street Journal, a US assessment into the origins of Covid-19 determined that the possibility of a viral breach from a Chinese facility in Wuhan is credible. President Joe Biden revealed last month that he had directed aides to investigate the virus’s origins. Officials in the United States have accused China of being secretive about the virus’s origins, an allegation Beijing has disputed.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that a research into the origins of Covid-19 by a US government national laboratory determined that the notion of a viral leak from a Chinese facility in Wuhan is probable and warrants additional study, citing persons familiar with the confidential document.
According to the WSJ story, the research was completed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California in May 2020 and was referred to by the State Department during an investigation into the pandemic’s origins during the last months of the Trump administration.
According to the Journal, Lawrence Livermore’s evaluation was based on a genetic examination of the Covid-19 virus. The Wall Street Journal article did not elicit a response from Lawrence Livermore.
President Joe Biden revealed last month that he had directed aides to investigate the virus’s origins.
The virus may have developed through a laboratory mishap or through human interaction with an infected animal, according to US intelligence services, but they haven’t reached a determination yet, according to Biden.
According to US government sources, three researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology felt so unwell in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, according to a still-classified US intelligence assessment distributed under former President Donald Trump’s administration.
Officials in the United States have accused China of being secretive about the virus’s origins, an allegation Beijing has disputed.
Separately, Mike Ryan, a top World Health Organization official, said on Monday that the WHO cannot compel China to reveal additional information on Covid-19’s origins, but that it will propose research to advance knowledge of the virus’s origins to the “next level.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert in the United States, called on China to share the medical records of nine patients whose illnesses might reveal crucial information on whether Covid-19 initially surfaced as a result of a lab breach earlier this month.