US President Joe Biden delivers a speech on the economy during a visit to Cuyahoga Community College. in Cleveland, Ohio, May 27, 2021.
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President Joe Biden’s decision to announce a 90-day intense investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic This was partly due to the Chinese government̵7;s refusal to participate in the WHO investigation. A source familiar with the decision told NBC News.
Biden issued a statement on Wednesday asking the intelligence community to double its efforts to get to the bottom of the Covid-19 origins after a new report questioned whether it spread from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
The source said Biden’s inquiry was made several weeks ago. After he received information about his request last March, The source said The information is in the President’s Daily Brief. which is a highly confidential briefing prepared for the president by the intelligence community.
Biden asked if he would classify some of the reports without compromising on the sources and methods so the White House could make them public. The source said
The effort was underway when China announced on Tuesday it would not participate in the “second phase” of the WHO investigation into the origins of the COVID-19. A joint WHO-China study in March found that the virus was likely transmitted from bats to humans. and the theory that the virus spreads through “Laboratory events are a highly unlikely path.”
China’s decision not to cooperate “It has increased our interest to be more transparent about the steps we are taking,” the source said. “We still believe that China has important information about the origins of the pandemic that has not been disclosed to the international community.”
Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported and NBC News confirmed that the US intelligence report Identify three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology who were hospitalized after falling ill in November 2019. A senior researcher at the lab had previously denied. that everyone in the hospital got sick during that time
In his statement on Wednesday, Biden noted that the US intelligence community can’t achieve “Definite conclusions” about the origin of the virus can be obtained. and said he had asked national security adviser Jake Sullivan in March to prepare a report for him on what known
Biden said the findings concluded that while two components of the intelligence community were “biased” towards the explanation that the virus came from animal contact, it was not. Another element leans towards the description of the laboratory.
“I have now asked the intelligence community to double its efforts in collecting and analyzing data that may bring us closer to a definitive conclusion. and report back to me in 90 days,” his statement said.
Chinese officials outraged Biden’s announcement early Thursday. pointing out that the United States being tricked into believing conspiracy theories
“Some people in the United States completely ignore facts and science,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. told reporters