May 26, 2021 – 20:46
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, on Wednesday (May 26) ordered the American intelligence agencies to report to him for a period of three months whether the new coronavirus has its source in animals or from a laboratory accident.
The new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, first appeared in Wuhan, China in late 2019.
Agencies must “redouble their efforts to gather and analyze information that can bring us to a conclusion and report within 90 days,” Biden said in a statement issued by the White House.
According to Biden, agencies are currently segregated as to the possible source of the virus that swept the planet over the past year, killing more than 3.4 million people.
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The US administration is responding to domestic and international concerns about the origin of the coronavirus as well as pressuring China to be transparent about the outbreak.
Republicans, including former US President Donald Trump, have promoted the theory that the virus came out of a laboratory accident.
Biden found that two of the 18 intelligence agencies lean more toward the animal origin of the coronavirus and “one more anon” into laboratory theory.
Each of these agencies has “low or moderate confidence” in these theories, according to Biden.
The president instructed U.S. national laboratories to assist with the investigation and called on China to cooperate with international investigations into the origin of the pandemic.