Bhavinaben Patel is the first Indian paddler to win an Olympic or Paralympic medal. In the semi-finals, the 34-year-old defeated world no. 3 Miao Zhang 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, and 11-8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked her to play in the final without any pressure.
- President Joe Biden chastised China for obstructing a US study into the origins of the coronavirus.
- Biden said his administration had been unable to draw strong findings due to Beijing’s refusal to cooperate.
- The intelligence community concluded that the virus was not designed as a biological weapon and that Chinese officials had no ‘foreknowledge’ of the outbreak, but it was split on how it infected humans and travelled around the world.
- China denies interfering with the investigation, and demanded that the US biological defense base Fort Detrick be investigated once more.
- The Chinese Embassy in the United States expressed’strong criticism’. of the White House statement, and demanding that the U.S. biological defense Base Fort Detricks be investigated again
President Joe Biden chastised China for obstructing a US study into the origins of the coronavirus, claiming that his administration had been unable to draw strong findings due to Beijing’s refusal to cooperate. China denies interfering with the investigation.
‘The world needs answers, and I will not rest until we get them,’ Biden said in a statement on Friday, shortly after the report’s unclassified summary was issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. ‘Responsible governments do not avoid these kinds of international commitments.’
The intelligence community concluded that the virus was not designed as a biological weapon and that Chinese officials had no ‘foreknowledge’ of the outbreak, but it was split on how it infected humans and travelled around the world.
According to the US report, four components of the intelligence community said the outbreak was likely linked to exposure to an infected animal, albeit with low confidence. Scientists, notably Anthony Fauci, who is counseling Biden on Covid, support this view the most.
With intermediate confidence, one component of the intelligence community concluded that the outbreak was linked to a Chinese research center. Two components supported the animal idea a few months ago, while one supported the lab theory.
The Chinese Embassy in the United States expressed’strong criticism’ of the White House statement, and demanded that the US biological defense base Fort Detrick be investigated once more. The US report does not provide the answers that the US seeks, and ‘continuing such an effort will also be futile, because its subject is simply non-existent and anti-science,’ according to the Chinese statement.
‘The intelligence community’s report is predicated on China’s presumption of guilt, and it is only for the purpose of scapegoating China,’ the statement stated.
There is no agreement.
Without more information, analysts at other US agencies are unwilling to agree on either origin explanation, with some believing both are equally likely. The intelligence community stated that additional cooperation from China, which it claims continues to obstruct global efforts, would be required to reach a more certain conclusion.
According to the summary, Beijing “continues to obstruct the worldwide inquiry, refuse to provide information, and accuse other countries, particularly the United States.” ‘These moves reflect, in part, China’s government’s anxiety about where a probe may lead, as well as its disappointment that the international community is using the issue to impose political pressure on China.’
According to the study, the intelligence community believes the virus entered humans through a small initial exposure no later than November 2019. According to the study, intelligence agencies believe the virus was not designed as a biological weapon, and most believe it was not genetically altered with low confidence, though two agency believe there isn’t enough information to determine either way.
‘Before the initial breakout of Covid-19, China’s officials had no knowledge of the virus,’ according to the report. However, clinical samples and other data from the early Covid-19 instances are missing from intelligence agencies and the global community, according to the report.
The analysis demonstrates how far the government has yet to reach a decision. Only five intelligence agencies or components offered an opinion, and none of them did so with more than a low or moderate level of confidence.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which provided the summary, and the Central Intelligence Agency are among the 18 entities that make up the US Intelligence Community.
According to an official familiar with the process who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the intelligence community rushed to provide the report within Biden’s timetable and tackled it from a variety of angles, including consulting scientists and epidemiologists. According to the person, the intelligence community also reached out to academic experts as well as international friends and partners.
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