UPDATED 5:28 PM PT – Wednesday, May 26, 2021
The Biden administration is refusing to condemn China over a suspected leak from the Wuhan lab, which House Republicans found was likely the cause behind the COVID-19 outbreak.
Joe Biden confirmed in a separate statement on Wednesday that no conclusions will be made on COVID origins until there has been a 90-day review by the Intelligence Community.
This comes just one day after Biden shut down a federal investigation into the origins of COVID-19 that was previously put in place by the Trump administration. Instead, his administration asked China and the World Health Organization for help with the investigation.
BREAKING: President Biden asks U.S. intelligence agencies to “‘redouble'” efforts to investigate the origins of COVID-19 and presses China to cooperate. Biden says more evidence is needed to determine whether the virus might have come from a laboratory. https://t.co/CagodILO6M
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 26, 2021
Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced, “Joe Biden believes there needs to be an independent investigation, one that’s run by the international community.”
Republicans have argued that neither China nor the WHO have been transparent in sharing the findings of their investigations. Meanwhile, they stressed the House report is based off U.S. Intelligence data and that Biden’s 90-day timeout poses an unnecessary delay in holding China accountable.