Joe Biden orders US intelligence to intensify efforts to study Covid’s origins

27th May, 2021

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‘I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China,’ Joe Biden said in a statement. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Joe Biden has ordered the US intelligence community to intensify its efforts to study the origins of coronavirus, adding that it will continue to press for China to participate in a full investigation. The president said he received a report earlier this month with the “most up-to-date analysis of the origins of Covid-19”, but had asked intelligence agencies to “redouble” their efforts to identify a “definitive conclusion” on how the virus was first transmitted in humans.

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