A report on the origins of COVID-19 by a US government national laboratory concluded the hypothesis claiming the virus leaked from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the classified document.
The study was prepared in May 2020 by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and was referred by the State Department when it conducted an inquiry into the pandemic’s origins during the final months of the Trump administration, the report added.
US President Joe Biden has asked intelligence officials to focus on whether the virus resulted from a laboratory accident or emerged from human contact with an infected animal.
The report said the study was prepared by Lawrence Livermore’s “Z Division”. The assessment drew on genomic analysis of the SARS-COV-2 virus.