The ODNI Releases Declassified Assessment On the Origins of the Coronavirus

By Emily Dai
Friday, October 29, 2021, 4:08 PM

On Oct. 29, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report updating the Intelligence Community’s previous judgments on the origins of the coronavirus. The Intelligence Community determines in the report that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus, likely emerged through a “small-scale exposure” arising in Wuhan, China no later than November 2019. While the Intelligence Community remains divided on the exact origins of the coronavirus, they judge that the coronavirus was not developed as a biological weapon and that officials in China did not have foreknowledge of the coronavirus before the initial outbreak. All intelligence agencies believe two hypotheses are possible: “[n]atural exposure to an infected animal” or “[a] laboratory-associated incident.” The agencies say they need more information to develop a more definitive explanation for the origins of the coronavirus.

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