The virus that drove the COVID-19 pandemic has killed close to 7 million people worldwide since the start of the pandemic.
COVID-19’s origin has been the subject of vigorous debate among experts. Learning the facts about how COVID-19 emerged is crucial to prevent future outbreaks.
However, there has been no unanimity among the experts on the origins of the coronavirus
Scientists keep calling for further investigation to endorse the Chinese lab leak theory, but China keeps rebuffing the calls for further investigations.
The acrimonious debate over the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic has flared up again this week with the findings of the US Department of Energy that the virus likely spread via a mishap at a Chinese laboratory.
This is a departure from its previous stance “undecided” on how the virus emerged
A classified intelligence report from the US Energy Department has concluded that Covid-19 most likely originated with a leak from a laboratory, although the agency said that it concludes with “low confidence,” The Energy Department also described the “likely” laboratory-related leak as an “accident,”
The DOE report is based on the intelligence it gathered from the network of national laboratories it oversees.