Published: Wed, May 26, 2021
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Biden says U.S. intelligence community divided on COVID-19 origin

Biden says U.S. intelligence community divided on COVID-19 origin

White House press secretary Jen Psaki faced questions on Tuesday about the Wall Street Journal reporting that US intelligence showed three researchers from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology required hospital care for an illness in November 2019 - indicating more serious symptoms than previously known - said the report did not come from the USA intelligence community.

And calls from scientists for more transparency are growing.

In his address to the World Health Assembly, Becerra noted that the COVID-19 pandemic "not only stole a year from our lives, it stole millions of lives".

"Now everybody is agreeing that I was right when I very early on called Wuhan as the source of COVID-19, sometimes referred to as the China Virus", Mr Trump said in a statement.

Conspiracy theories claiming that the virus originated in a lab and that the ongoing pandemic is a result of a leak from the Wuhan lab have gained traction online over the last few weeks amid increasing calls to initiate deep probes into virus origins.

This means improving global triggers, so all countries take swift action toward the next biological threat, he said, underlining the importance of establishing a global health security financing mechanism that is sustainable - with strong accountability and oversight.

"What is the real goal for the United States to continue to play up the so-called "lab leak theory"?"

After the report was released, however, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus himself insisted all theories remained on the table. "Understanding how the coronavirus and the pandemic began matters.

And now we're hopeful that World Health Organization can move into a more transparent, independent phase two investigation", Psaki added.

Intelligence committees of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are investigating how U.S. agencies have reported on and gathered information about COVID-19's origin, how it spread and how governments have responded to it.

Biden still held out the possibility that a firm conclusion may never be reached, given the Chinese government's refusal to fully cooperate with global investigations. "We would certainly participate in that with all of our research - resources from the United States", she said in response to a question at a White House briefing.

The New York Time's Maggie Haberman is blaming former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the corporate media's reckless inability to seriously cover the Wuhan lab leak theory early in 2020.

Beijing dismissed the journal's report as "not at all true".

"To me it was obvious from the beginning but I was badly criticized, as usual". "Now they all say", He was right". The investigating agencies should "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 in a statement.

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