New information on Wuhan researchers’ illness sparks pandemic origins

New information on Wuhan researchers' illness sparks pandemic origins
Security personnel gather near the entrance to the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by a team from the World Health Organization in February 2021. Source: Associated Press
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Daily US Times: A US intelligence report found that several researchers who were working at Wuhan Institute of Virology in Cina fell ill in November 2019 and had to be hospitalized. This is a new detail about the severity of the researchers’ symptoms that could fuel further debate about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to two people briefed on the intelligence.

A State Department fact sheet released by the former Trump administration in January this year said that the Wuhan researchers had gotten sick in autumn 2019 but didn’t go as far as to say they had been hospitalized. China reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) that the first patient with Covid-like symptoms was recorded in Wuhan on December 8, 2019.

Importantly, the intelligence community still doesn’t know about of the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s researchers’ sickness details, said the people briefed, and continues to have low confidence in its assessments of the precise origins of coronavirus beyond the fact that it came from China.

one of the people who has seen the intelligence, said: “At the end of the day, there is still nothing definitive.”

Avril Haines, the Director of National Intelligence, told lawmakers during the Worldwide Threats Hearing last month that “the intelligence community does not know exactly where, when, or how Covid-19 virus was transmitted initially,” an assessment that has not changed, said two of the people briefed on the intelligence.

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