Biden orders intelligence agencies to investigate origins of Covid-19

Tanya Simon
May 26, 2021

'For nearly 18 months, health and care workers all over the world have stood in the breach between life and death, ' WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the opening of the organisation's main annual assembly.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki faced questions on Tuesday about the Wall Street Journal reporting that US intelligence showed three researchers from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology required hospital care for an illness in November 2019 - indicating more serious symptoms than previously known - said the report did not come from the USA intelligence community. "We will continue to press China to participate in a full, transparent evidence-based, worldwide investigation with the needed access to get to the bottom of a virus that has taken more than 3 million lives across the globe", she said.

"What is the real objective of the United States to continue to implement the so-called" Lab Leak Theory "?

This handout picture made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivering remarks following the speech of US President's chief medical adviser during a World Health Organization (WHO) executive board meeting on 21 January 2021 in Geneva.

Addressing reporters on Monday evening, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian hit out at the claims, insisting they are "totally untrue".

On Tuesday, the United States and other countries sought a more detailed investigation into the origin of the pandemic after it was discovered that its global mission to China earlier this year was inconclusive.

Initially, the expert report said a theory involving the virus leaking from a lab was "extremely unlikely".

With the pandemic still raging, the virus origins a mystery and wealthy nations hoarding vaccines, the World Health Organization gathered its member states, focused on averting the next catastrophe.

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Russia, which has provided security, diplomatic and financial backing to Lukashenko, accused the West of hypocrisy. In the Commons, he told MPs: "The Belarusian authorities claim this was in relation to an alleged bomb threat".

According to Fauci, $600,000 were earmarked for the institute in Wuhan over a period of five years to study zoonotic viruses and whether bat coronaviruses could jump onto human beings.

The report was a culmination of the United Nations agency's joint investigation with Chinese scientists into the origins of the CCP virus in January and February of this year.

David Relman, professor of microbiology at Stanford University in the United States, said in a letter to Science: "Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable".

Former president Donald Trump, whose administration repeatedly floated the possibility that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab, said "I was right" in the wake of the revelation.

However, many experts remain cautious.

"But we don't know the 100% answer to that". "We don't feel like we have that now".

The truth may never be known, Gottlieb said. Evidence supporting a lab leak won't surface unless there is a whistleblower or regime change in China.

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