President Joe Biden received a report regarding the origins of COVID-19 after the intelligence community conducted a formal 90-day investigation.
According to reporting by the Washington Post, the public will not see the full report, only a redacted version to be released in the upcoming weeks. At a White House press briefing, Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, “I would say it typically takes a couple of days if not longer to put together an unclassified version to present publicly and obviously the President would be briefed first on any findings.”
For months, reports regarding the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) have raised speculations regarding the origins of COVID-19. When asked if the pandemic may have been deliberately unleashed, the Biden administration said they “haven’t ruled out” that possibility. The remarks were made in May by White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“This is why the president is asking the US intelligence community in cooperation with other elements of our government to redouble efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring the world closer to a definitive conclusion on the origin of the virus,” said Jean-Pierre.
In July, halfway through the Intelligence Community’s 90-day investigation into the COVID-19 lab leak theory, Democrats were increasingly accepting of the explanation.
Less than a year ago, Democrat lawmakers balked at the suggestion that COVID-19 was not natural.
Now, top officials in the Biden administration are supporting the investigation and potential retaliation against China. With regard to the probe, national security adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN “if it turns out that China refuses to live up to its international obligations, we will have to consider our responses at that point.”