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WSJ: US Department of Energy concludes that COVID-19 pandemic was caused by lab leak


The COVID-19 pandemic most likely resulted from a laboratory breach in China, according to the US Department of Energy. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), who used information from an intelligence assessment.

Natalie Kolb
Natalie Kolb
This version was recommended by the Bureau in 2021. Other US organizations, however, did not have same beliefs. The version is now supported by the Department of Energy. The WSJ points out that the report of the agency has "a low degree of certainty."

Anonymous US officials told the newspaper that the Energy Department and the FBI came up with the leak version for separate reasons. According to the WSJ, the US National Intelligence Council is moving toward the theory that the virus spread from an infected animal.

COVID-19 spread in Wuhan by November 2019 at the latest, according to US information. Many US scientists are inclined to think that the likelihood of contracting an infection from one of the region's many animals is quite high because there is a thriving traffic in those animals.

However, no mammal has been linked to COVID-19 since the pandemic started. This fact and Wuhan's standing as the primary coronavirus research hub in China point researchers in the direction of the leak hypothesis.

source: wsj.com