Biden has called on US intelligence agencies to “redouble their efforts” to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 epidemic over new questions about the laboratory’s role in China.
The US president said on Wednesday that he had asked his officials to share their findings on how the Sars-Kov-2 virus first spread to humans within 90 days.
Biden says in a statement. “To date, the US intelligence community has come together on two possible scenarios, but has not reached a final conclusion on this issue.
“I now ask the intelligence community to redouble their efforts to gather and analyze information that can bring us closer to a final conclusion and report to me within 90 days.”
A group of scientists from the World Health Organization concluded last year that this was the case very unlikely The disease escaped from Wuhan’s lab, although the WHO later admitted that its investigation, which was facilitated by Beijing, had left some issues unresolved.
Biden added that he would work with allies to pressure China to cooperate more fully with a similar international investigation into how the epidemic began.
Some in the Trump administration claimed that the virus first infected people who participated in trials on coronaviruses. Wuhan Institute, China’s highest level biosafety laboratory.
Both the Chinese government and the institute have refuted the theory, with many scientists arguing that human-to-animal transmission is a more plausible explanation.
However, questions about the role of the institute reappeared over the weekend after a report in the Wall Street Journal, when US intelligence agencies concluded that three WIV researchers fell ill in November 2019, a month before the first official case was reported.
Biden’s epidemic adviser, Andy Slavit, on Tuesday reiterated the US call for a wider international inquiry.
He made that demand angry response From China, where state media described the lab leak as a “conspiracy by US intelligence agencies.”