According to a recent paper from the US Department of Energy, COVID-19 most likely leaked from a virus lab in Wuhan. A top-secret intelligence analysis that was last week sent to White House officials, the organization now believes the most likely cause was an unintentional exposure within the Chinese city.
The Energy Department now supports the FBI’s previously discredited lab leak idea as the origin of the global pandemic, according to the new result, which is labeled as being produced with low confidence.
The initial cluster of human cases was found near an animal slaughter market, which is not far from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) research facility. There isn’t any proof of a lab leak yet, they had been unsure of the virus’s source in the past. But, The Wall Street Journal reports that a recent update to a coronavirus report from 2021 published by the office of the Director of National Intelligence notes their shift in stance.
During an interview, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan declined to confirm or refute the accusations, instead emphasizing President Joe Biden’s efforts to track down the virus’s source.
Critics Rage Over Wuhan Lab Leak Findings
Conservatives exploded in horror after the Biden administration acknowledged over the weekend that the Wuhan lab the same lab Americans have sponsored for years was the most likely source of COVID-19.
The Biden administration’s acknowledgment came after Republicans during the pandemic were openly ridiculed by other lawmakers and the media for making the same claim. The Associated Press referred to the theory as fiction in 2020. The Washington Post and The New York Times both referred to it as a fringe hypothesis in the same year.
Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a Republican, was criticized in a story published in The Washington Post in February 2020 for promoting the fringe notion. The records underlying this story, according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, should be made public. Dr. Anthony Fauci has been under fire from him and others for his repeated rejection of the theory that the virus developed in a lab.