Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies do not know exactly when or how COVID-19 was initially transmitted.
“The intelligence community does not know exactly where, when or how the COVID-19 virus was transmitted initially,” Haines told a Senate hearing. She noted two theories, that it emerged from human contact with infected animals or the result of a laboratory accident.
“We’re continuing to work on this issue and collect information,” Haines said in response to questioning by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the top Republican on the Senate intelligence panel, about the virus’s early spread in China.
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