'Shift' in view of COVID-19 lab leak theory reported among Biden officials
Top officials in President Joe Biden’s administration overseeing an intelligence review of the novel coronavirus origins view the Wuhan lab leak theory to be as credible as the one about natural emergence, according to a new report.
A source familiar with the review told CNN that among them is White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who told Fox News last month that China will face “isolation in the international community” if it does not cooperate with investigations.
“There has been a shift in their point of view,” the source said, alluding to a change of opinion among officials regarding the skepticism last year surrounding the theory that the pandemic can be traced back to a lab accident.
However, officials stressed that no final judgments have been made, as they are more than halfway through the U.S. intelligence community’s 90-day review as assigned by Biden in May.
The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, and there have been more than 4 million deaths around the world attributed to the disease since then, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, insisted on Thursday the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis needs further investigation and criticized the “premature push” to dismiss the possibility.
On the same day, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson said, “Since the beginning of the epidemic, China has taken a scientific, professional, serious and responsible attitude in tracing the origins of the virus.”
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