The US Energy Department has shared a classified report with the White House and key members of Congress, stating that it is highly probable that the virus responsible for COVID-19 leaked from a laboratory in China. This claim is supported by new intelligence.
The FBI's assessment was that the disease was caused by a lab accident in China. According to sources who have read the report, the Energy Department's conclusion was made with “low confidence,” whereas the FBI's assessment was made with “moderate confidence.”
Despite the differing levels of certainty, the Energy Department's judgment is significant due to its scientific expertise and responsibility for the American nuclear weapons program. The specific intelligence used to reach these conclusions has not been publicly disclosed. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the deaths of more than 6.8 million individuals worldwide, including 1.1 million in the United States.