Biden Orders Further Investigation of COVID-19 Origins

On Wednesday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. directed the U.S. Intelligence Community to “redouble” their efforts to collect and analyze information on the origins of the COVID-19 virus. President Biden indicated the Intelligence Community earlier this month provided him with a preliminary report in which the Intelligence Community coalesced around two likely scenarios of how COVID-19 spread. However, in the preliminary report, the Intelligence Community concluded they did not have sufficient information to draw a conclusion.

President Biden has directed Intelligence Agencies to report back to him within 90 days and has asked that the report detail areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China. President Biden has also directed national laboratories and other governmental agencies to augment the Intelligence Community’s efforts.

A statement from President Biden on the investigation of COVID-19 is available here.