Step up Covid origin probe: Biden to Intel

Washington, May 26

President Joe Biden on Wednesday asked the US intelligence community to “redouble” its efforts to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said there was insufficient evidence to conclude “whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident”. He directed US national laboratories to assist the investigation and called on China to cooperate with the international probe into the origins of the pandemic.

“The United States will also keep working with like-minded 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,” he said.

Biden held out the possibility that a firm conclusion may never be known, given the Chinese Government’s refusal to fully cooperate with international investigations. — AP

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