The American intelligence community is split, it seems, with two disparate agencies coming to two separate conclusions on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s not sitting well with President Joe Biden.
Just this week, there was a renewed interest in the possibility that the novel coronavirus that began the year-long-plus pandemic entered the human species not from a bat at a wet market in Wuhan, China, but from a laboratory just up the road that just so happened to be specializing in coronavirus that, believe it or not, are intrinsic to bats.
Now, as authorities appear to be split on what the truth could be, the President is asking for another look.
Mr. Biden said he received a report from the intelligence community earlier this month exploring whether COVID-19 emerged from human contact with an infected animal or through a laboratory accident, but the agencies are split.
“As of today, the U.S. Intelligence Community has ‘coalesced around two likely scenarios’ but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this question,” the president said. “Here is their current position: ‘while two elements in the IC leans toward the former scenario and one leans more toward the latter – each with low or moderate confidence – the majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.'”
Mr. Biden lamented that the failure for the Trump administration to get U.S. inspectors on the ground in China in the early months of the pandemic “will always hamper any investigation” into the virus’s origins.
“The United States will also keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence,” the president said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s top epidemiologists, has even walked back some of his previous statements on the origins of COVID-19, admitting just days ago the the lab-leak theory could not be ruled out.
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