Pentagon studies whether US adversaries can use coronavirus as a bio-weapon

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence has launched an investigation into the possible use of coronavirus as a biological weapon by United States adversaries. This was reported with reference to sources by the newspaper Politico.

According to the authors of the article, the conduct of this investigation indicates a growing understanding by the national security apparatus of the problems of coronavirus and the risks that it carries. The newspaper emphasizes that officials do not believe that the coronavirus was intentionally created for this purpose.

According to Politico, the Pentagon’s nuclear, chemical, and biological defense program continues to support pandemic efforts by various agencies. As the representative of the US defense department, Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, notes, these measures include testing for infection, developing vaccines, providing masks, filters for them and thermal imagers.

At the same time, Andrews declined to comment on the situation with the investigation, emphasizing that the key topic is still the origin of the coronavirus and the fact that the PRC authorities were aware of its existence at earlier stages.

The newspaper notes that at the moment it is not known what specifically could lead to increased attention from the intelligence services and the Pentagon to the theory of the possible use of coronavirus as a biological weapon.

Disputes about the origin of the virus

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said the version of the artificial creation of the coronavirus was not backed up by any evidence. So he commented on the Fox News TV channel’s publication that the “zero patient” with coronavirus was supposedly a certain laboratory employee in Wuhan.

Veronika Skvortsova, the head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency of Russia, stated that a theory of the artificial origin of a new type of coronavirus cannot be theoretically excluded. However, she emphasized that “here you need not to guess, but you need to conduct very serious research.”

At the same time, the official representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Fadela Chaib said that WHO in this matter “is based on scientific evidence and believes that the origin of this virus is animal.”

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