President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the U.S. intelligence community was divided on the origin in China of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, including whether it came from human contact with an infected animal or a laboratory accident.
Biden said in a statement that he has called for further investigation into the pandemic’s origins.
He said that U.S. intelligence are looking into two different scenarios, that they do not have high confidence in their current conclusions and that they are divided on which is most likely.
“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.
“As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China.”
U.S. agencies have been aggressively investigating COVID-19’s origins since the U.S. government first recognized the virus as a serious health risk in early 2020.
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Jimmie Johnson: JUST IN: PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IS CALLING ON U-S INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS TO “REDOUBLE” THEIR EFFORTS TO INVESTIGATE THE ORIGINS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. FOR MONTHS, THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION DOWNPLAYED THE POSSIBILITY OF THE VIRUS BEING TRACED BACK TO A CHINESE LAB.THEY ARE NOW RECEIVING PRESSURE AT HOME AND ABROAD ABOUT HOLDING CHINA ACCOUNTABLE IF THEY ARE INDEED RESPONSIBLE. REPUBLICANS HAVE LONG SAID THE VIRUS WAS BIRTH IN A LABORATORY ACCIDENT AND NOT THROUGH HUMAN CONTACT WITH AN INFECTED ANIMAL. IN MARCH, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION RELEASED A REPORT SAYING THE TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS FROM HUMAN TO ANIMALS IS THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO AND THAT A LAB LEAK IS “EXTREMELY UNLIKELY.”HOWEVER, WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE ORIGINS YESTERDAY, DR. ANTHONY FAUCI SAID QUOTE “WE DON’T KNOW ONE HUNDRED PERCENT WHAT THE ORIGIN IS,” AND “IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT WE LOOK AND WE DO AN INVESTIGATION.”FOR MORE BREAKING NEWS — AND STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW– STICK WITH STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS DOT COM.