According to The New York Times, President Joe Biden ordered redoubling their efforts to the US intelligence community in investigating the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. This decision came after intelligence officials informed the White House that they had unreviewed evidence that necessitated more computer analysis that could potentially provide answers.
Senior administration officials were quoted in the publication, but they chose not to discuss the additional evidence or the computational analysis conducted. The revelation raises whether the government thoroughly investigated existing intelligence and public health data to detect the virus’s emergence.
It also comes as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released an unusual public statement on the status of its intelligence gathering into the pandemic’s genesis on Thursday, revealing intelligence community divisions over whether the virus escaped from a Chinese lab or occurred naturally. According to ODNI spokesperson Amanda Schoch, there is a difference of opinion among the intelligence organizations and their degrees of confidence in the hypotheses, as Biden stated on Wednesday.
According to two people briefed on the intelligence, Biden mandate came the same week as news of a US intelligence report. In November 2019, the report found several researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology had fallen ill and had to be hospitalized, a new detail about the severity of their symptoms that could fuel further debate about the pandemic’s origins.