President Joe Biden said Wednesday he asked the US intelligence community to report back to him in 90 days about the coronavirus Covid-19 origin. This occurred after a US intelligence report found several researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill in November 2019 and had to be hospitalized. “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. And I have asked the Intelligence Community to keep Congress fully apprised of its work,” Biden said in a statement. The intelligence community was investigating if the novel coronavirus spread from a Chinese laboratory rather than a market in Wuhan, China.
The Chinese government has maintained that the virus originated and spread naturally. It was public pressure on the administration to address the issue. Pressure has heightened also from Congress. The Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines was asked to declassify any intelligence relating to links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. Biden said the US would work with allies to continue to press China “to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.”