US intelligence reports requested by President Biden on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic are inconclusive, US media reports said.
Institutions are reportedly divided according to whether the first virus seen in China was the result of a natural spread from animals to humans or was caused by a laboratory accident.
A summary of the report will be published in the coming days.
China’s foreign minister dismissed the report as “antiscience.”
Wang Yi said Washington “ignored and abandoned” a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for reports that served only its “political purpose.”
The pandemic, which claimed the lives of more than 4 million people worldwide, began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
Scientists are trying to figure out where the virus originated while countries are working to contain the Covid-19 epidemic.
A WHO team visiting Wuhan concluded in a report earlier this year that the disease was most likely spilled from animals sold on the market.
This report seems to deny the possibility that the virus was accidentally leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Vessels, which has been studying bat coronaviruses for over 10 years.
This conclusion was rejected by some scientists.
In May, President Biden gave US intelligence a 90-day review of the data and a report that “can approach definitive conclusions” about the origin of the virus.
Information that some Wuhan Institute researchers were hospitalized in November 2019 and China’s refusal to allow a thorough investigation of the Institute’s theory prompted Mr. Byden’s decision. It is
But in June, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines expressed his hopes of reaching a conclusion and told Yahoo News:
Many scientists believe that years of research are needed to reach definitive conclusions about the origin of the virus.
“You shouldn’t think about closing or canceling a book, you should rush your efforts,” Stanford University microbiologist David Lerman told The Washington Post.
Meanwhile, China has inspired the idea that the virus originated from Fort Detrick., US military facility. The facility was once the center of the US bioweapons program and now houses the Biomedical Research Institute, which studies viruses such as Ebola and smallpox.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin reiterated Wednesday, saying the United States “should start by calling on WHO experts to begin an investigation into Fort Detrick.”
US intelligence was delivered to President Biden on Monday. “It may take a few days, if not more, to put together an unclassified version,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said to the general public.