The Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that the U.S. intelligence community is investigating whether the coronavirus pandemic began after an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
“The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus, which originated in China. The Intelligence Community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified,” a statement from the office of acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said, Fox reported.
“As we do in all crises, the Community’s experts respond by surging resources and producing critical intelligence on issues vital to U.S. national security. The IC will continue to rigorously examine emerging information and intelligence to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan,” the statement said.
There have been numerous reports that a Wuhan laboratory is the most likely source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has swept across the globe. According to a U.S. government analysis that catalogs evidence concludes that other explanations for the origin of the coronavirus are less credible, The Washington Times reported.