Covid: US spy agencies conclude that coronavirus is not ‘chemical weapon’, but fail to know origin

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US intelligence agencies have come to the conclusion that the coronavirus was not designed to serve as a “chemical weapon,” but they have not been able to determine its origin.

Researchers are divided over whether the virus emerged in nature or accidentally leaked from a laboratory. The report issued by the office that coordinates the 18 US spy agencies, including the CIA, ruled out, however, that it was produced as a biological weapon.

Experts warn that time is running out to gather crucial information about the origin of the virus. China’s foreign minister criticized the report, calling it “unscientific”.

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The report from the Office of the Directorate of National Intelligence said there is no consensus in the US intelligence community about the most likely origin of the coronavirus.