Covid-19 pandemic stemmed from an incident at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology," a four-page report by US intelligence agencies said on Friday.
It said the intelligence agencies could not rule out the possibility that the virus came from a laboratory. However, the agencies have not been to discover the Covid-19 pandemic origin, according to a report published by Reuters. "The Central Intelligence Agency and another agency remain unable to determine the precise origin of the Covid-19 pandemic, as both (natural and lab) hypotheses rely on significant assumptions or face challenges with conflicting reporting," the report said.
The agencies said that while "extensive work" had been conducted on coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute (WIV), they had not found evidence of a specific incident that could have caused the outbreak. "We continue to have no indication that the WIV's pre-pandemic research holdings included SARSCoV-2 or a close progenitor, nor any direct evidence that a specific research-related incident occurred involving WIV personnel before the pandemic that could have caused the COVID pandemic," the report added.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019 before fanning out around the world and killing nearly 7 million people.