New Delhi: A new report on the origins of coronavirus by a U.S. government national laboratory backed the hypothesis claiming that the novel virus had leaked from a Chinese lab in Wuhan and also deserves more investigation, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, while citing people who are in the know with the classified document.
The above-mentioned study was prepared in May 2020 by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and was later referred by the State Department when it conducted an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus during the final months of the Trump administration, the report claimed.
The assessment, done by Lawrence Livermore, drew on genomic analysis of the novel coronavirus, the Journal added. The news outlet then went on to add that Lawrence Livermore declined to comment it.
Last month, US President Joe Biden had said that he had ordered aides to find answers to the origin of the virus.
U.S. intelligence agencies are reportedly considering two likely scenarios – that COVID-19 outspread started from an accidentally laboratory leak or the virus emerged from human contact with an infected animal – however they are yet to come to a conclusion, he added.
As per a classified U.S. intelligence report, which circulated during former President Donald Trump’s administration, claimed that three researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology fell so ill in November 2019 that they needed intense hospital care, U.S. government sources revealed.
The American officials have accused China for lack of transparency on the origin of the coronavirus, a charge Beijing has denied from the start.