The US intelligence services have obtained genetic data on viruses that were studied in the laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This is reported by CNN, citing sources.
At the same time, it is indicated that the TV channel does not have accurate information about when and how American intelligence got access to the data, but admits that this happened as a result of hacking servers related to research at a laboratory in Wuhan.
According to CNN, the United States now has data on 22 thousand viruses studied in the Wuhan laboratory. However, the array of genetic information requires careful analysis to make it possible to draw any specific conclusions. This work is carried out with the help of supercomputers in the laboratories of the US Department of Energy.
It is also noted that the process of data analysis is complicated by the fact that the accompanying records are made in Chinese, so the US special services must find specialists who know Chinese, and also make sure that they can be trusted. The exact timing of the completion of this work has not yet been determined.
On August 2, members of the US Republican Party from the House of Representatives provided evidence of a coronavirus leak from a Wuhan laboratory. The text was published by the senior Republican of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul.
The document became the third part of the investigation devoted to the origin of the coronavirus. The report was compiled on the basis of data from open sources and indirect evidence. According to politicians, SARS-CoV-2 has spread around the world as a result of a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
In this regard, the Republicans called on the US authorities to hold China accountable. In particular, McCaul demanded that Congress impose sanctions on scientists from the Wuhan laboratory, as well as on representatives of the Communist Party of China.
The report on the coronavirus leak caused mixed reactions. Thus, some representatives of the healthcare sector believe that such an investigation is an important step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, other experts believe that it is too early to draw unambiguous conclusions about the origin of COVID-19.
In July, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced the organization's plans to check the laboratories near which the first cases of COVID-19 were recorded.
We are talking about checking the institutions of Wuhan, in the area of which the first infected SARS-CoV-2 were detected in December 2019. This is one of the five steps that the head of the WHO is going to take to investigate the origin of the coronavirus. In addition, the organization is investigating people and animals, the animal market in Wuhan, and will also study areas where other SARS-related coronaviruses have been detected. However, the Chinese government reacted negatively to the WHO plans.
вЂњAs for the proposal to conduct the second phase of the investigation, it uses language that does not respect science and common sense. We will not follow this planвЂќ вЂ” the Chinese authorities on the plan to investigate the origin of the WHO coronavirus.
In addition, Beijing said that it supports the investigation, which will be based on a scientific approach and opposes the politicization of the investigation of the origin of the virus.