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Covid-19 more likely result of a research-related incident: US Senate report

By Jasleen Kaur -- October 28th 2022 07:28 PM

Washington, October 28: The US Senate report on Thursday presented an interim report on the origins of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19). Richard Burr, the panel's ranking member, said he hoped that this report would guide the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international institutions and researchers.

"With Covid-19 still in our midst, it is critical that we continue international efforts to uncover additional information regarding the origins of this deadly virus. I hope this report will guide the WHO and other international institutions and researchers as they proceed with planned work to continue investigating the origins of SARS-CoV-2. Uncovering the answers to this critical question is imperative to our national and international ability to ensure that a pandemic of this size and scope does not happen again." Richard said.

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"This is an interim report produced by HELP Committee Minority oversight staff. The objective was to review publicly available, open-source information to examine the two prevailing theories of the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus: a natural zoonotic outbreak or a research-related incident. This Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Minority oversight staff report is the product of that review," Richard further said.

Covid-19 more likely result of a research-related incident: US Senate report

"Based on the analysis of the publicly available information, it appears reasonable to conclude that the Covid-19 pandemic was, more likely than not, the result of a research-related incident. New information, made publicly available and independently verifiable, could change this assessment," reads the report.

In the report, it has been mentioned that the Wuhan Institute of Virology hasn't maintained biosafety. "Patents by WIV researchers published in 2018, 2019, and 2020, and procurements made by the WIV in 2019, indicate that the WIV struggled to maintain key biosafety capabilities at its high-containment BSL3 and BSL4 laboratories," says the report.

The report has also given examples to explain bio-safety measures that WIV should have followed. In conclusion, the report has mentioned that more precise information is required to arrive at the final conclusion, "As noted by the WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens, the COVID-19 Lancet Commission, and the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence 90-Day Assessment on the COVID-19 Origins, more information is needed to arrive at a more precise, if not a definitive, understanding of the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and how the COVID-19 pandemic began."

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Covid-19 more likely result of a research-related incident: US Senate report

-PTC News with ANI inputs

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