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Biden instructs intelligence to investigate origin of coronavirus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Intelligence is to prepare a list of specific inquiries for the Chinese government to find out whether the coronavirus was caused by a leak from a laboratory or human contact with infected animals
13:20, 27 May 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden
Reuters

On Wednesday, May 26, President Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence officials to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Associated Press reported this.

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Biden asked U.S. intelligence agencies to report back within 90 days. He directed U.S. national laboratories to assist with the investigation and the intelligence community to prepare a list of specific queries for the Chinese government to find out whether the coronavirus was caused by a leak from a laboratory or human contact with infected animals.

“The United States will also 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,” said Biden.

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He called on China to cooperate with international probes into the origins of the pandemic.

Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, have promoted the theory that the virus emerged from a laboratory accident rather than naturally through human contact with an infected animal in Wuhan, China.

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In March, a joint WHO-China study on the origins of Covid-19 said that the virus was transmitted from bats to humans through another animal. A lab leak scenario is “extremely unlikely.” 

Scientists tracing the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic believe they’ve identified a possible transmission source: China’s thriving wildlife trade.

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