Mystery behind origin of Covid-19 continues, US Intelligence Community divided between Lab and Human Contact theory

The coronavirus has spread horror throughout the world since past one year. The scientists, intelligence and leaders all around the world are scratching their heads over the origin of the virus. While there have been a lot of speculations and political blame, the real evidences and origin have still not been found.  On Thursday, the US intelligence community said that its agencies had two origin theories and were divided on the issue.

While two agencies believe it emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals, a third agency speculated that it is possible laboratory accident as the source of the global pandemic.

According to a statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, intelligence community are split over two competing theories for the origin of virus. "The US intelligence Community is unsure of where, when, or how the COVID-19 virus was transmitted initially but has coalesced around two likely scenarios. There are sufficient evidences in both the theories".

In a statement given by Assistant director of National Intelligence for Strategic Communications Amanda Schoch, "While two elements of the IC lean towards the former scenario of natural human transmission, one leans more towards the lab theory, with low and moderate confidence respectively. However, the majority of elements within the IC do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than other."

President Biden had ordered the intelligence community which includes FBI, Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency to redouble its efforts to ascertain the origin of the virus nd report to the Executive within 90 days. He added, "I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required including specific questions for China."

Earlier this month, reports surfaced from US intelligence agency blaming China's negligence for the spread of the coronavirus. There have been news that three scientists working in Wuhan Institute of Virology had contacted fever with symptoms similar to covid-19 way back in November 2019. However, China denied the reports. China's US embassy commented, "some political forces have fixated on political manipulation and the blame game. This will hamper global efforts to curb the pandemic".

by Tapasya Iyer | Fri, May 28 - 12:59 PM

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