Covid-19: Joe Biden accuses China of concealing “crucial information on the origins of the pandemic”



Joe Biden raises his voice. The President of the United States accused, Friday, August 27, China of concealing “crucial information on the origins of the pandemic” of Covid-19, after the publication of the summary of a US intelligence investigation report that does not decide on the origins of Covid-19.

“They exist in China, and yet from the start, government officials in China have worked to prevent international investigators and global public health actors from accessing them,” regretted the US president in a statement.

According to the top secret report, and awarded this week to Joe Biden, thehe Covid-19 virus has not been developed “as a biological weapon”, and did “probably” not designed “genetically”, US intelligence concluded according to the publicly released summary. The latter are always divided between the hypothesis of a first case caused by natural exposure to an infected animal, or which resulted from a laboratory accident.

In detail, four intelligence agencies and the National Intelligence Council estimate with “a low degree of confidence” that the animal thesis is the most “likely”. In order to justify their conclusions, they rely in particular on “the many vectors for an animal exhibition” existing sources, as well as China’s ignorance of the existence of the virus before it emerged. “The intelligence community of the United States judges that Chinese officials had no prior knowledge of the virus before the start of the epidemic,” is it indeed written in this summary.

Another intelligence agency believes on the contrary with “a moderate level of confidence” that the thesis of a laboratory leak is to be favored, “probably” via “experiments, handling of animals, or samples by the Wuhan Institute of Virology”. At last, “analysts from three agencies” do not decide between one or the other of the hypotheses.

The intelligence services consider themselves “unable to provide a more definitive explanation “ for the origin of Covid-19 without “new information” provided by China, they write. “To this day, China continues to reject calls for transparency and withhold information, even as the toll of this pandemic continues to climb.”Joe Biden added in his statement.



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