An interim report from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee minority staff released on Thursday said there is strong evidence that the coronavirus that caused the pandemic in 2020 came from a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
"While it remains possible that SARS-CoV-2 [COVID-19] emerged as a result of a natural zoonotic spillover, facts and evidence found in previous documented zoonotic spillover events have not, to date, been identified in relation to this pandemic," it continued.
"Substantial evidence suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic was the result of a research-related incident associated with a laboratory in Wuhan, China," the report went on to assert.
The lack of animal infections and low genetic diversity are more consistent with a lab leak, the report said.
"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," the report concluded.
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