U.S. President Joe Biden ordered on wednesday the U.S. intelligence officials to ‘redouble’ their efforts to investigate the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This happened after new reports raised questions about whether it spread from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
The U.S. intelligence agency has been unable to reach a conclusion on whether the virus came from contact with an animal or from a laboratory accident, president Joe Biden said on wednesday.
The statement follows after growing calls in the United States and the world for China to be more open about the origins of the pandemic.
Biden asked U.S. intelligence agencies to report on their findings within 90 days.
He directed U.S. national laboratories to assist with the investigation, and also asked China to cooperate with international investigations.
“Back in early 2020, when COVID-19 emerged, I called for the CDC to get access to China to learn about the coronavirus so we could fight it more effectively,” Joe Biden said.
As for the origin of pandemic, Fauci, White House coronavirus adviser, said Wednesday that he and most others in the scientific community “believe that the most likely scenario is that this was a natural occurrence, but no one knows that 100 percent for sure.”