A policy enacted by the Biden administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is now attracting some additional scrutiny.
According to the Daily Caller, Biden decided at one point early on in his term to call off a U.S. Department of State inquiry into whether the virus originated in and spread from a lab in Wuhan, China.
Media narrative shifts abruptly
Reports assert that the president reached his decision earlier this year, after former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo initiated the probe last autumn.
Pompeo had specifically sought to determine if China’s communist regime had been using the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study coronaviruses like the one that spread worldwide in 2020.
For his part, however, Biden put an end to the inquiry and questioned its legitimacy, according to reports. He is also said to have considered it a poor use of federal resources.
Amid new evidence lending additional credibility to the Wuhan lab theory, however, it appears that the expenses and resources were justified.
Even former skeptics in U.S. politics and the mainstream media have had an apparent change of heart in considering the lab as a possible origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden White House faces new questions
The alternative theory that dominated media narratives early on in the crisis — and was supported by the World Health Organization — was that the virus was initially transmitted to humans from an animal host.
Virtually no new evidence has served to bolster the theory, however, and China’s perceived evasiveness has brought new scrutiny on the communist nation.
Public opinion appears to be shifting toward the lab-origin theory, which has contributed to the renewed criticism of the Biden administration’s decision to call off Pompeo’s inquiry.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki faced reporters’ questions on the subject during a media briefing this week. As for what role the United States should play in investigating the COVID-19 outbreak, she seemed to signal that it would offer support but that the WHO should lead the charge.
In light of recent developments, the president has reportedly ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to “redouble their efforts” to investigate the origin of the virus.