US President Joe Biden on Wednesday (May 26) called for a deeper investigation into the origins of the pandemic.
In a statement, Biden said the majority of the US intelligence community had “coalesced” around two likely scenarios: that the virus was transmitted to humans via contact with an infected animal, or it emerged from a lab accident.
Biden said there was not “sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.”
He added that two of 18 intelligence agencies lean toward the animal link and one toward the lab idea, “each with low or moderate confidence.”
Biden said US national laboratories should assist with the investigation and called on China to cooperate with the international probes. He expected results within 90 days.
“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,” Biden said._ Deutsche Welle
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