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The Biden administration's investigation into COVID-19’s origins misses half of the problem

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11.06.2021

President Joe Biden’s admission that COVID-19 may have escaped from a Chinese virology lab marks a seminal moment in public debate about the pandemic’s origins. Once ridiculed as fantasy, the so-called “lab leak theory” now has support within the U.S. intelligence community, Biden revealed.

While the president deserves credit for sharing this information, he went to great lengths to avoid stating the plain truth that Beijing is stonewalling a real investigation of the virus’s origins. Instead of telling everyone what actions his administration will take to pry critical scientific data from Beijing’s hands, Biden is passing the buck by asking the intelligence community to spend another 90 days analyzing the issue.

The administration first hinted in April that the lab theory deserved to be taken seriously. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the intelligence community has “coalesced around two alternative theories, these scenarios are it emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals, or it was a laboratory accident.” Her statement put an unexpected bipartisan stamp on the theory since her language mirrored that of an Office of the Director of National Intelligence press release that the Trump administration put out in April 2020, yet few took seriously.

But Biden’s statement goes further, calling the two theories “likely scenarios” while cautioning that the intelligence community has not reached a “definitive conclusion.” While two agencies lean toward the zoonotic transmission........

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