Biden Team Stopped Investigation Probing Possible COVID-19 Lab Leak

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An inquiry into the possible origins of COVID-19 (and a lab in Wuhan) was ended by the Biden administration, according to a report which CNN published on Tuesday.

Under the former Trump administration, the State Department launched an undisclosed inquiry related to the origins of coronavirus. However, the efforts were stopped this spring by the Biden administration. According to reports, the inquiry stopped due to concerns about the “quality of its work.”

Meanwhile, allies of Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State under Trump, were prompt to look into the possibility that the virus might have originated in the lab in Wuhan and not in nature. 

Yet, after the administration changed, there were concerns earlier in 2021 regarding the probe’s findings shared with Biden’s team.

State Department confirmed that the inquiry stopped

The State Department verified that indeed the investigation as to the origins of the virus stopped; this stopped along with the inquiry as to the Wuhan lab leak. However, in their defense, they said they are proceeding to work with agencies about “COVID origins issues.”

Meanwhile, Pompeo, who is now a contributor in Fox News, made a statement. He said that he believes COVID-19 originated in a lab. He added that the Chinese government is covering it up. 

“Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks to the Media” (United States government work) by U.S. Department of State

In his statement, Pompeo said that he is confident that the evidence they found is consistent with the idea that the virus leaked from the lab. He then dared to say that if it turns out he is wrong, he hopes that China will “come forward” to “make a fool of [him.]”

The possibility that COVID-19 originated in a laboratory due to an accident obtained renewed attention after a report by Wall Street Journal surfaced. The report said three workers in the lab got sick before November 2019. This happened days before the first recorded case of COVID-19. 

According to analysis, the Wuhan lab workers showed symptoms that were consistent with the virus. However, they are also looking at the possibility of other illnesses. 

Fauci would like to see the investigation

Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Fauci, said that investigation should continue. He said that the U.S. should proceed with its quest to know what went on in China. He added that America should continue to understand to the “best of our ability” what happened. 

However, as the previous Trump administration would often talk about the virus, their suggestions that COVID-19 did originate in a lab in Wuhan raised some concerns from the State Department and intelligence officials.

Biden officials and the State Department labeled the effort as an attempt to politicize the origins of the virus. However, those who were involved in the investigation looked at it as a crucial step to look for answers to questions, rather than a program that is politically motivated.