Biden Asks US Intelligence to Investigate Beginnings of COVID-19

The Wuhan facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens

In response, Biden has asked the Intelligence Community to "redouble their efforts" to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion and report back in 90 days.

The President revealed the US Intelligence Community has "coalesced around two likely scenarios" but has not reached a definitive conclusion.

USA agencies have been aggressively investigating COVID-19's origins since the US government first recognized the virus as a serious health risk in early 2020.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report the intelligence surrounding the earlier hospitalizations.

Earlier this week, USA government sources familiar with intelligence reporting and analysis said a still-classified US intelligence report circulated during former President Donald Trump's administration alleged that three researchers at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital care. Josh Hawley and Mike Braun, the bill received rare bipartisan support as calls grow to ramp up investigations into the origins of the virus.

China wholly rejects the theory the virus may have emerged from a virology lab in Wuhan and has instead accused the USA of peddling conspiracies and politicizing the pandemic to divert attention from the high death rates there.

The foreign ministry, while questioning the credibility of United States intelligence, said that the U.S. has turned "a blind eye to facts, science and questionable study of origins" while adding that it has "kept clamouring for additional investigation in China".

"I still believe that the most likely scenario was that this was a natural occurrence, but no one knows that 100% for sure", Fauci said.

President Joe Biden yesterday (May 26) ordered USA intelligence agencies to report to him in the next three months on whether the COVID-19 virus first emerged in China from an animal source or from a laboratory accident.

Twitter also labelled claims about the "man-made" origins of COVID-19 as misleading and has not yet announced any changes to this policy.

"We're not going to go there just yet", Jean-Pierre replied, "We have to go through the 90-day review. Such study and investigation shall be full, transparent and evidence-based, and shall get to the bottom to make everything clear".

The United States and other countries have called for a more in-depth probe into the pandemic's origins, after a report by an worldwide team sent by the World Health Organization to China earlier this year proved inconclusive.

Anthony Fauci, one of the faces of the USA pandemic response and an adviser to Biden, reiterated Wednesday that he believed it was unlikely that the virus came from a lab.

Republicans have focused on the lab-leak theory, particularly officials in former President Donald Trump's government, including his secretary of state, Michael Pompeo, and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield.

USA politicians from both parties are agitating for answers. "If we are blind as to its origins, then we are blind as to how to prevent it again the future", Sen. Last year, after Australia called for an independent global inquiry last year, China unleashed a series of economic sanctions on the country including tariffs on products like barley and bans on most beef exports.

"If it did come from the lab, that's something we need to know, right, because that's a completely different problem for the world", Graham said.

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