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A ‘complete political farce’, says China of US intelligence assessment on Covid-19’s origin

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This aerial view shows the P4 laboratory (C) on the campus of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 27, 2020. - Opened in 2018, the P4 lab conducts research on the world's most dangerous diseases and has been accused by some top US officials of being the source of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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  • A US Intelligence agency has released a report stating the source of Covid-19 may never be known.
  • America's Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) report notes that the virus most likely came from a lab outbreak or infected animal.
  • China called the report a "complete political farce."
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US Intelligence agencies have said that the true origin of the Covid-19 pandemic may never be known.

China is not impressed.

In a declassified report released on October 29th, America's Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) stated two possible causes of the virus, a laboratory-associated incident or an animal infection that spread to humans.

Entitled the "Updated Assessment of Covid-19 Origins," the report gathered analysis from the US Intelligence Community, a coalition of 18 agencies and organisations, including the ODNI.

It ruled out that the virus was used as a secret bioweapon and said that the virus was probably not genetically engineered.

Infographic from the ODNI report on COVID-19
ODNI

Advocates of the theory that coronavirus was manufactured as a weapon to harm "do not have direct access to the Wuhan Institute of Virology," and the report noted that the "proponents are suspected of spreading disinformation."

However, it concluded that it is unlikely that the source of the virus will ever be confirmed without new data and information.

The report states that four agencies had "low confidence" that Covid-19 originated with an infected animal. One agency had "moderate confidence" the pandemic started due to a laboratory mishap.

The report responds to the administration of US President Joe Biden calling for an investigation into the legitimacy of the theory that a lab leak in Wuhan was the cause of the pandemic.

In an email to Reuters, China reacted to its findings saying that intelligence agencies investigations into China's involvement in the release of the virus are a "complete political farce."

It added that "we have been supporting science-based efforts on origins tracing, and will continue to stay actively engaged."

However, the report concluded that China was responsible for impeding the investigation, limiting the World Health Organisation (WHO) investigation team's access to sites as an example

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