President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he had asked the Intelligence services to “redouble their efforts” to find out the origin of the covid-19 pandemic, after having sabotaged the works of the previous administration and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to unmask what happened in Wuhan.
“I have now asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days” Biden said in a statement issued by the White House on the origin of the coronavirus.
The president explained that Intelligence is now assessing “two likely scenarios”: whether it arose from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.
In this sense, Biden pointed out that two of the intelligence services are leaning towards the first scenario and another one towards the second.
“Each with low or moderate confidence, most do not believe there is enough information to assess that one is more likely than the other,” he said.
In addition, the president assured that the United States and its partners will press China to participate in a “full, transparent and evidence-based” international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.
The government’s chief epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, said Tuesday that he is “not convinced” that the deadly virus developed naturally and encouraged further research into its origins; after repeatedly denying this position during Trump’s tenure.
Biden made these statements after the United States asked the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday for “independent and transparent” studies of the origin of the coronavirus causing covid-19.
The United States already expressed in February its dissatisfaction 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 concealed data from the WHO mission.