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

Facebook ends ban on posts claiming COVID-19 is man-made

Earlier this week, USA government sources said a still-classified U.S. intelligence report circulated during former President Donald Trump's administration alleged that three researchers at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital care.

'As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China'. "I have also asked that this effort include work by our National Labs and other agencies of our government to augment the Intelligence Community's efforts".

"In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps", a Facebook company spokesperson said in a statement.

Biden said that two "elements" of the intelligence community leaned toward a natural origin for the virus, while another leaned toward the Wuhan lab, a global hub for coronavirus research. Biden said he received that report earlier this month and asked for additional follow-up.

He said that USA intelligence are looking into two different scenarios, that they do not have high confidence in their current conclusions and that they are divided on which is most likely. 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. He also made clear the United States will urge China to disclose more information on the matter.

President Joe Biden yesterday (May 26) ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to report to him in the next three months on whether the COVID-19 virus first emerged in China from an animal source or from a laboratory accident.

Prof Lawrence Young, virologist and professor of molecular oncology at the University of Warwick, said: "The only way to stop future pandemics driven by viruses that spill over into humans from animals is to fully understand the conditions by which such spread could have happened and do everything to prevent it happening again".

Two sources told CNN on Sunday that assessment has not changed.

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Biden said the U.S. would work with allies to continue to press China "to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based worldwide investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence".

In his statement, Biden called on China to cooperate with investigations into the origins of the pandemic, but didn't echo calls from Republican lawmakers that Beijing should be held accountable if the virus escaped its lab.

Last March 12, Zhao tweeted: "It might be [the] USA army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan".

The Wall Street Journal was first to report the intelligence surrounding the earlier hospitalizations.

Yet on Tuesday it emerged that a State Department investigation into whether the Wuhan laboratory was the source of the pandemic had been shut down by the Biden administration.

This week Andy Slavitt, White House coronavirus adviser, said it had failed to explain how COVID-19 first emerged.

In a report issued in March and written jointly with Chinese scientists, a World Health Organization (WHO)-led team that spent four weeks in and around Wuhan in January and February said the virus had probably been transmitted from bats to humans through another animal, and that "introduction through a laboratory incident was considered to be an extremely unlikely pathway".

"Lately, some people have played the old trick of political hype on the origin tracing of COVID-19 in the world". The organization was also accused of being overly deferential to China throughout the course of the study.

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