On April 30,media reported that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued a statement saying the intelligence community supported the scientific community’s consensus on the origin of the new coronavirus, which is not man-made or genetically modified. “The entire intelligence community has been providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and the source of the COVID-19 virus,” the report said in a rare statement Thursday. The intelligence community also agrees with the broad scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus is not man-made or genetically modified. “
The statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is the first time Washington has made a clear statement about the origin of the virus, overturning the “biochemical weapons talk” that has long been the case with many conspiracy theories.
Earlier, WHO also said that all available evidence suggested that the new coronavirus originated in animals, not laboratories. The virus’s ecological host may be bats, but it is not clear how the virus moved from bats to humans. Several working groups are currently looking for the source of the virus, but this has not been confirmed with absolute certainty.
For now, the source of the new coronavirus is still unknown. The first thing to find is to find an intermediate host, because it is the intermediate host that provides the virus with the opportunity to mutate and develop and touch humans.
WHO has also indicated that available evidence suggests that the virus that triggered the new coronal outbreak may have originated in wild bats and passed on to humans through intermediate hosts, while pangolins are one of the potential intermediate hosts.