Coronavirus is ‘NOT’ man-made or genetically modified,’ U.S. intelligence agencies concludes but spies are still probing whether it leaked from lab by accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.
“The new coronavirus was ‘not man-made or genetically modified’ but say they are still examining whether the origins of the pandemic trace to contact with infected animals or an accident at a Chinese lab”, U.S. intelligence agencies concluded.
The statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, comes as President Donald Trump and his allies have touted the as-yet-unproven theory that an infectious disease lab in Wuhan, the epicenter of the Chinese outbreak, was the source of the global pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 worldwide.
In recent days the Trump administration has sharpened his rhetoric on China, accusing the geopolitical foe and vital trading partner of failing to do act swiftly enough to stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 or sound the alarm to the world about the outbreak.
‘The Intelligence Community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not man-made or genetically modified,’ said the statement.
‘The IC will continue to rigorously examine emerging information and intelligence to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.’