Joe Biden has called on U.S. intelligence agencies to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, amid renewed questions about the role a laboratory in China could play. played.
The president of the United States said on Wednesday that he had asked his officials to forward in 90 days his conclusions on how the Sars-Cov-2 virus had first spread to humans.
Biden said in a statement: “As of today, the U.S. intelligence community has gathered around two probable scenarios, but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this issue.
“I have now asked the intelligence community to redouble its efforts to gather and analyze information that could bring us to a definitive conclusion and to report back in 90 days.”
A team of scientists from the World Health Organization concluded last year that it was highly unlikely the disease had escaped from the Wuhan laboratory, although the WHO later admitted that its investigation, facilitated by Beijing, had left some questions unresolved.
Biden added that he is working with allies to pressure China to cooperate more fully with an international investigation into how the pandemic started.
Some in the Trump administration had argued that the virus first infected the man involved in the coronavirus experiment in the United States. Wuhan Institute, The highest level biosafety laboratory in China.
The Chinese government and the institute have both denied this theory, and many scientists argue that animal-human transmission is a more likely explanation.
But questions about the institute’s role were raised over the weekend after a report in the Wall Street Journal said U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that three WIV researchers were sick of the disease. illness in November 2019, a month before the first official case was declared.
Andy Slavitt, one of Biden’s pandemic advisers, on Tuesday reiterated the U.S. demand for a more comprehensive international investigation.
This question provoked a angry response from China, where state media have described the lab’s escape hypothesis as “a conspiracy created by U.S. intelligence agencies.”