Biden admin. officials admit lab leak theory ‘credible’

This photo taken on February 6, 2020 shows a laboratory technician working on samples from people to be tested for the new coronavirus at "Fire Eye" laboratory in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. - BGI Group, a genome sequencing company based in southern China, said it opened on February 5 a lab in Wuhan able to test up to 10,000 people per day for the virus. The official Chinese death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on February 7 to 636, with the government saying total infections had climbed past 30,000. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

A laboratory technician works in a lab in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 11:52 AM PT – Saturday, July 17, 2021

Biden administration officials conducting an intelligence review into the origins of the coronavirus, have reportedly begun opening up to the idea that COVID-19 was leaked from a Chinese laboratory. New reports detailed the shift in perspective, saying officials are admitting the theory is credible after being largely skeptical for most of the past year.

The reports said at this point little evidence has been uncovered to push either the lab leak theory or the natural emergency theory. In the meantime, China has continued to deny there was a leak and instead has suggested the source may have originated from frozen food.

This aerial view shows the P4 laboratory (C) on the campus of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 13, 2020. - Opened in 2018, the P4 lab, which is part of the greater Wuhan Institute of Virology and conducts research on the world's most dangerous diseases, has been accused by top US officials of being the source of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

This aerial view shows the P4 laboratory (C) on the campus of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on May 13, 2020. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

“It was concluded that laboratory leaks are impossible. We will continue to investigate on a global basis, search for the initial cases and study the impact of cold chain and frozen packaging have had on transmission,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said while defending China’s position.

This comes as the chief for the World Health Organization on Thursday, admitted it was “premature” to rule out a potential link between the pandemic and a lab leak. He has since asked China to be more transparent in the search for the virus’ origins.

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