Democrats and those in the mainstream media spent much of the last year mocking questions about whether COVID-19 may have originated at a virology lab in Wuhan, China. But now, they seem to have flipped their script.
In fact, President Joe Biden even went so far as to issue a statement Wednesday ordering the U.S. intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” to determine where and how the novel coronavirus pandemic began, The Washington Times reported.
The move follows months of insistence from the Biden administration that a probe by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the origins of COVID-19 was sufficient.
Biden wants answers
In his Wednesday statement, Biden claimed to have urged the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in early 2020 to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. He lamented that the “failure to get our inspectors on the ground in those early months will always hamper any investigation into the origin of COVID-19.”
The president went on to claim that in March, after he took office, he tasked the U.S. intelligence community with looking into the origins of the coronavirus and preparing a report on the matter, “including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.”
Now that he’s gotten that report, however, Biden is asking for more.
“Redouble their efforts”
Biden said the intelligence community (IC) had “coalesced around two likely scenarios,” but had been unable to definitively prove either to be true. Biden said officials are split on the issue, but “the majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.”
As such, the president said: “I have now asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days.”
Biden vowed his administration would “keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.”
During a press briefing later Wednesday, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked multiple questions about Biden’s declaration, including why the probe was being ordered now, what prompted the change in tone from Biden, and how much cooperation he expected to see from China, according to the Times.
Like many on Biden’s communications team, however, Jean-Pierre danced around the inquiries.
On matters both in and out of the White House, it seems we’re left with more questions than answers.