President Biden calls for investigation into COVID-19 origins
President Joe Biden announced that he has ordered a closer analysis of the origins of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a statement made Wednesday.
According to the release, in March, the President asked his National Security Advisor to task the U.S. Intelligence Community to prepare a report on their most up-to-date analysis of the origins of COVID-19, including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident. He received the report earlier this month but has asked for additional follow-ups.
As of today, President Biden said, the U.S. Intelligence Community has not reached a definitive conclusion. Their current position states, ““while two elements… leans toward the former scenario and one leans more toward the latter— each with low or moderate confidence— the majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.”
President Biden said he has asked the U.S. 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. He said he has asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China, as well as called for National Labs and other government agencies to augment the Intelligence Community’s efforts.
“The failure to get our inspectors on the ground in those early months will always hamper any investigation into the origin of COVID-19,” President Biden said. “The United States will…keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.”