US intelligence agencies said Friday that they may never be able to identify the origins of Covid-19.
Washington released a new, more detailed version of its research on whether the coronavirus came from animal-to-human transmission or leaked from a laboratory.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said in a declassified document that a natural origin and a laboratory leak are plausible hypotheses about how SARS-COV-2 first infected humans.
But he assured that analysts do not agree on which one is more likely or if a definitive assessment can be made.
The report also rejected suggestions that the coronavirus originated as a biological weapon. The ODNI maintains that the defenders of this theory “do not have direct access to the Wuhan Institute of Virology” and accused them of spreading disinformation.
The report released on Friday is the update of an initial version, dated 90 days ago, and that the administration of President Joe Biden published in August.
The original document was released amid intense internal political disputes over how much to blame China for the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Beijing accused Washington of politicizing the investigation without evidence on the origins of Covid-19. The pandemic is a source of wear and tear on the diplomatic relations of both powers.
The administration of Donald Trump proposed during the last months of his mandate that economic sanctions be applied to China to compensate for the damages and extra costs created in the fight against Covid-19.
Upon coming to power, Biden vowed to shed light on the origins of the coronavirus. With the data available, US agencies admitted on Friday their impotence to set certain conclusions.