Wednesday, January 19

Covid-19: why the US decided to investigate the origin of the pandemic


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Presidente Joe Biden.

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US President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered intelligence services to “redouble” efforts to investigate the origins of the covid-19 pandemic, including the theory that it came from a laboratory in China, something that a The WHO’s March report concluded that it was “extremely unlikely.”

The president argued that the United States intelligence community isá divided on whether the pandemic was the result of a laboratory accident or arose from human contact with an infected animal.

Biden gave investigators 90 days to submit a report.

International authorities linked the first COVID-19 cases to a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, leading scientists to theorize that the virus was first transmitted to humans through animals.


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