Biden urges new investigation into COVID origins

Joe Biden says US intelligence agencies are unsure whether the virus was transferred to humans from an animal or whether it leaked from a lab. However, he is calling for a “transparent, international investigation”.

Biden’s announcement comes after recent reports said some researchers at a virology lab in Wuhan, where the pandemic is suspected to have started in December 2019, were ill one month earlier.

China wholly rejects the theory that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a lab, and the Chinese Embassy in the US called the idea a “conspiracy theory” in statement released shortly after Biden’s announcement.