The American president Joe Biden on Wednesday asked U.S intelligence officials to redouble their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID 19 pandemic including the unlikely possibility that the origins of the virus trace to Chinese lab. After the months of minimizing the possibility as a fringe theory, the Biden administration is responding both to domestic and geopolitical concerns about putting pressure on china to be transparent about the outbreak.
Mr. Biden in a statement said the majority of the intelligence community had coalesced around those two likely scenarios but do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.
The United states also keep work with likeminded 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. Biden for his part held out the possibility that a firm conclusion may never be known given the Chinese government’s refusal to fully cooperate with international investigations.