Biden orders US intelligence services to thoroughly investigate the origin of covid-19. The US president calls for “reinforcing efforts” on suspicion that it could have emerged from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
US President Joe Biden affirmed this Wednesday that he has asked the United States intelligence services to “redouble their efforts” to find out the origin of the covid-19 pandemic, after the theory that it arose in a Wuhan (China) laboratory has won integers in recent days .
“Now I have asked the intelligence community to redouble its efforts to collect and analyze information that can bring us closer to a definitive conclusion , and to inform me in 90 days,” Biden said in a statement issued by the White House on the origin of the coronavirus. The president explained that US intelligence is now evaluating “two probable scenarios” : if it arose from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.
Biden pointed out that two of the bodies of the US intelligence services lean towards the first scenario and another towards the second. ” Each with a low or moderate confidence , most do not believe that there is enough information to assess that one is more likely than the other,” he said.
In addition, the president said that the US and its partners will pressure China to participate in a “comprehensive, transparent and evidence-based” international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.
The government’s top epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, said Tuesday that he is “not convinced” that the deadly virus has developed naturally and encouraged more research on its origins.
Biden made these statements after the US asked the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday for “independent and transparent” studies of the origin of the coronavirus that causes covid-19.
The US already expressed its dissatisfaction in February with the preliminary results of the investigations carried out earlier this year by international experts in Wuhan to search for the possible origin of the pandemic, and considered that the Chinese authorities had withheld data from that WHO mission.
The experts then indicated, after four weeks of work in China, that the most likely hypothesis of the origin of the new coronavirus was that it had been transmitted to humans from wild animals via one or more species that acted as intermediaries.