(CNN) — The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said Thursday that the intelligence community continues to work to determine the origin of covid-19, but he reiterated the two theories on which he focuses: “either it arose naturally from human contact with infected animals or it was a laboratory accident.”In the statement, ODNI spokeswoman Amanda Schoch repeated what President Joe Biden mentioned on Wednesday, that there is a difference of opinion between the various intelligence agencies and their degrees of confidence in the theories.
“While two elements of the intelligence community (IC) lean towards the first scenario and one leans more towards the second, each with a low or moderate degree of confidence, most of the elements within the CI do not believe that there is enough information to consider that one is more likely than the other, ”said Schoch.
The statement is remarkable because it shows that the intelligence community has made little progress in discovering the origins of the virus since its first statement on the subject in April of last year.
In an appearance before Congress last month, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the Senate Intelligence Committee that US intelligence agencies still do not know “exactly where, when, or how the covid-19 virus was initially transmitted” in China.
Wednesday, Biden ordered an intelligence assessment within 90 days on the origins of the pandemic caused by covid-19. The government has come under pressure to address the issue after the daily The Wall Street Journal Y CNN recently reported new data underscoring the plausibility of the laboratory theory, as well as new comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, acknowledging that he and other scientists may have been too categorical in public statements previous ones in which they ruled out that possibility.
Congress has also pressured Biden to delve into the origin of COVID-19, as the Chinese government maintains that the virus originated and spread naturally.
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on Wednesday asked the intelligence community for “clear answers” about the origins of the coronavirus, saying her group would explore any additional options that could take.
Also Wednesday, legislation endorsed by Republican Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Mike Braun of Indiana passed unanimously to require the Joe Biden administration, specifically Haines, to declassify any intelligence related to the links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origins of the covid-19 pandemic.
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