Biden renews COVID-19 origin probe that's so far come up empty

Katie Ramirez
May 28, 2021

He added: "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". But his hunt for an answer looks like a long shot.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks after U.S. President Biden ordered a probe into COVID-19 origins on Wednesday.

"Since the outbreak of COVID-19 a year ago, some political forces have been fixated on political manipulation and blame game, while ignoring their people's urgent need to fight the pandemic and the global demand for cooperation on this front, which has caused a tragic loss of many lives".

Amid the latest developments, America's top general accused China of a "cover-up".General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: "Once this virus started appearing there seems to have been a fair amount of activity or cover-up or lack of transparency, probably the best way to put it, and all of that is disturbing". China has been vehemently denying that the coronavirus broke out in Wuhan and took exception to Trump's reference to it as "China virus" or "Wuhan virus". That theory garnered more attention this week when The Wall Street Journal reported on a USA intelligence report citing researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized with an unspecified illness in November 2019.

The White House criticized the report as incomplete and lacking crucial data, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it wasn't "extensive enough" and that the lab-leak theory needed more investigation.

Melbourne Covid cluster grows to nine
It is not now listed as a public exposure site as the Department has access to records of everyone who attended the hospital. Anyone who visited that site in that window must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days from the date of exposure.

The Covid-19 virus either emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals or it was a laboratory accident, the USA intelligence community said on Thursday.

According to the release, it is hard to determine which scenario is more likely without more evidence.

US politicians from both parties are agitating for answers.

The foreign ministry, while questioning the credibility of United States intelligence, said that the U.S. has turned "a blind eye to facts, science and questionable study of origins" while adding that it has "kept clamouring for additional investigation in China".

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Republicans Josh Hawley and Mike Braun that would require the Biden administration to declassify intelligence on potential links between the Wuhan lab and the pandemic. Sen. Beijing has pushed the idea that the virus originated elsewhere. So we need to get to the bottom of it.

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