Energy Department Concludes Covid-19 Likely Result of Lab Leak in China

The origins of the Covid-19 pandemic have long been a source of debate, with speculation about the virus’s source ranging from natural transmission from an infected animal to an accidental laboratory leak.[0] Now, the U.S. Energy Department has reportedly concluded that the virus likely stemmed from a lab leak in China, according to a 2021 classified report provided to the White House and senior American lawmakers.[1]

The Energy Department’s conclusion is the result of new intelligence and is significant because the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of US national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research. The department made its judgment with “low confidence,” according to people who have read the classified report.[2]

In 2021, the FBI arrived at the belief that the pandemic probably originated from a laboratory escape with “moderate confidence” and this remains their opinion.[3] The Chinese government has rejected any notion that the COVID[4] In June 2022, the Chinese government's official press agency, Xinhua, refuted any implication that the virus originated from a Chinese laboratory, asserting that the theory had been “concocted by anti-China forces for political purposes.”[4]

Officials who have read the classified report disclosed that the Central Intelligence Agency and another agency whose identity was not revealed remain undecided between the lab-leak and natural-transmission theories.[1] Media reports indicate that four other agencies, in addition to a national intelligence panel, have determined that the transmission was likely natural, while two remain undecided.[5]

Why is it important to know the origin of Covid-19?[6] According to Relman, a Stanford microbiologist, discovering the solution can help avert the subsequent pandemic, as he told CNN.[6] “If we gain any further insight or information, we will share it with Congress and we will share it with the American people.[0] But, right now, there is not a definitive answer that has emerged from the intelligence community on this question,

0. “Amid new report on COVID's origins, investigation continues into 2 main theories” ABC News, 26 Feb. 2023,

1. “COVID-19 Likely Spread Through Mishap At Chinese Laboratory: Report”, 27 Feb. 2023,

2. “Covid-19 pandemic most likely came from lab leak: WSJ” Moneycontrol, 27 Feb. 2023,

3. “U.S. Department of Energy Concludes Wuhan Lab “Most Likely” Source of COVID-19” GoLocalProv, 26 Feb. 2023,

4. “Chinese COVID Lab Leak Debate Resurges After New Report Drops” Newsweek, 26 Feb. 2023,

5. “Lab Leak Most Likely Origin of COVID-19 Pandemic: US Energy Department” The Weather Channel, 27 Feb. 2023,

6. “New assessment on the origins of Covid-19 adds to the confusion” KSLTV, 27 Feb. 2023,

7. “US energy department now believes Covid may have come from lab leak, report claims” The Independent, 26 Feb. 2023,

8. “Covid-19 likely arose from laboratory leak: US energy department” The New Indian Express, 26 Feb. 2023,

9. “A newly reported classified US government missive on the lab leak theory shows we still don't know where COVID-19 came from” Yahoo News, 26 Feb. 2023,