US President Joe Biden has ordered intelligence officials to “double” attempts to investigate the origins of Govt-19, including the theory that it came from a laboratory in China.
U.S. intelligence services are divided on whether this is a laboratory accident or human contact with an infected animal.
Mr Biden is asking teams to report back to him within 90 days.
China rejects laboratory theory.
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Defamation and accountability campaigns are on the rise again, and “laboratory leak” conspiracy theory is re-emerging, its embassy in the United States said in a statement Thursday.
Since its first detection in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, more than 168 million Govt-19 cases have been confirmed worldwide, with at least 3.5 million deaths reported.
Authorities link Kovit’s early events to a seafood market in Wuhan, where scientists believe the virus first passed from animals to humans.
But the latest U.S. Media reports are increasingly suggesting that the virus may have originated from a lab in China, following an accidental leak.
The theory of leakage is spreading in laboratories
Written by Anthony Zurcher Reporter in North America
What caused the transparency in the US government is that the Biden administration acknowledges that the US intelligence community is divided over the origin of Covid-19 – whether it is a laboratory or a relationship between animals and humans – no one is sure.
This marks a major departure from the mockery of laboratory theory by many media and politicians over the past year, when Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senator Tom Cotton and many others initiated the idea.
Mr Trump and Mr Pompeo did not rectify the situation, however, citing reasons for their suspicions. Their theories are rubbed on the shoulders with foreign theories such as disease being produced as a biological weapon in a Chinese laboratory. This opportunity is not yet possible.
The public will never know the full truth about the origin of the virus, especially if China continues to fail to cooperate. However, Mr Biden has vowed to conduct a full investigation, and if the United States finds conclusive evidence of a laboratory leak, it will be more than just a few key figures who will have to report their trust in them and reconsider. The “results” are official. Relations between the United States and China are likely to deteriorate in the coming years.
Why is President Biden doing this now?
In a statement on Wednesday, President Biden called for a report on the origins of the Covit-19 since he took office, “including whether it originated from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident”.
After receiving it this month, he demanded to “follow further”.
Mr Biden explains that the majority of the intelligence community is “united” around these two scenarios, but “do not think there is enough information to overestimate one another.”
The president is now asking agencies to “redouble their efforts to gather and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion.”
He concludes that the United States “will continue to work with like-minded allies around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent and evidence-based international investigation.”
Beijing has previously suggested that Covid-19 could come from an American laboratory.
In its statement, the Chinese embassy said it supported a full investigation into “some secret biological sites and laboratories around the world.”
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Thursday condemned the “dark history” of the US intelligence community and said the Biden administration’s “intentions and motives” were clear.
Mr Biden’s report came as CNN reported in the spring that the president’s administration had ended a foreign ministry investigation into whether the virus had escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, which he believes was an ineffective use of resources.
What do we know about laboratory theory?
Speculation about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, one of China’s best virus research laboratories, has been circulating since last year by former US President Donald Trump.
In April 2020, US State Department cables were leaked, and embassy officials expressed concern about the lab’s survival.
The leak allegations have been widely dismissed as a conspiracy theory.
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Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO), along with Chinese scientists, released a report on the origins of Kovit-19, saying the chances of starting a laboratory were “very low”.
The report said the virus could be transmitted from bats to humans via another animal mediator, but further research is needed.
However, questions lingered and the U.S. According to recent reports from intelligence sources, three members of the Wuhan Institute of Virology have been admitted to hospital in November 2019, several weeks before China was first approved. Case for a new disease in the community.
Anthony Fucci, a senior medical adviser to President Biden, said he believed the virus had passed from animals to humans, but acknowledged that he no longer believed that Covid-19 had developed naturally.
Mr Biden’s statement came the day after US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Beckera urged the WHO to confirm a “transparent” investigation into the virus’ origins.
“Phase 2 of the study on the origin of covit should begin with a transparent mandate based on science and give international experts the freedom needed to fully assess the source of the virus and the first days of infection,” he said.
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump tried to borrow money from himself in a statement to the New York Post. “For me, this was clear from the beginning, but as usual I was badly criticized,” he says. “Now they all say‘ he was right ’.
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