CNBC8217;s Eamon Javers joins Closing Bell with information from Washington regarding the release of a new U.S. intelligence report on Covid-198217;s origins. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi
One intelligence agency said it assessed with moderate confidence that the virus infected humans after an incident related to a lab, according to the report, which was released Friday afternoon. Four agencies said they reached low confidence assessments that the virus had a natural origin.
“After examining all available intelligence reporting and other information, though, the IC remains divided on the most likely origin of Covid-19. All agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident,” the nation’s 18 intelligence agencies wrote in the report.
The report, compiled by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, found that the virus was not developed as a biological weapon. The intelligence community also assessed that Chinese officials did not have foreknowledge of the virus before the initial outbreak that triggered a global pandemic.
“Critical information about the origins of this pandemic exists in the People’s Republic of China, yet from the beginning, government officials in China have worked to prevent international investigators and members of the global public health community from accessing it,” Biden said.
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