Biden calling to intensify probe into COVID-19 origins after shutting down state dept. probe

In this May 13, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Biden is asking U.S. intelligence agencies to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. After months of minimizing the possibility that the coronavirus emerged from a lab accident, the administration is responding to both U.S. and world pressure for China to be more open about the outbreak. Biden said Wednesday there is insufficient evidence to conclude “whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.”   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In this May 13, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 7:08 AM PT – Thursday, May 27, 2021

Joe Biden asked U.S. Intelligence agencies to intensify their investigation into the origins of COVID-19. In a statement Wednesday, he noted researchers are still considering two key theories regarding the initial outbreak of the virus.

The theories include whether the virus came from human contact with an infected animal or it leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. The Biden administration admitted China has not been transparent with international probes into the matter.

“You know, China wasn’t transparent enough,” Biden stated. “We have been saying that for a very long time, that China needed to provide more access to the lab, cooperate more fully with the scientific investigators, and we don’t think that they have met that standard.”

This flip-flop came after Biden quietly shut down a State Department effort to investigate the Wuhan lab leak theory, allegedly questioning the legitimacy of their findings. However, insiders said the State Department’s investigation was an honest effort to look into whether China’s biological weapons program played a role in the virus’ initial outbreak.

As to whether the Biden administration thinks China should be condemned and held responsible for its handling of the virus, there are still no definitive answers. The White House said it will be working alongside the World Health Organization (WHO) to come to a conclusion on the matter.

Security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team. (Photo | AP)

Security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team. (Photo | AP)

Last year, the WHO conducted an investigation into the Wuhan laboratory near where the virus was first detected. They determined it was “extremely unlikely” the virus leaked from a lab. That probe was widely condemned by U.S. lawmakers for being overly shallow and too conciliatory to the Chinese Communist Party.

Meanwhile, many scientists have argued that knowing where the coronavirus came from is essential to preparing the world for another potential pandemic in the future.

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