A global feud intensified amid renewed calls for an investigation into the origins of the Covid pandemic on Thursday, with Beijing accusing the Biden administration of playing politics and avoiding accountability, even as the US president promised to reveal the investigation’s findings. from the American intelligence services to the matter.
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden ordered intelligence agencies to “double down” their efforts to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the possibility that the trail could lead to a lab in Wuhan, China.
A day later, China said the US was playing politics. The State Department said World Health Organization (WHO) scientists had already said the “lab leak” theory was unlikely. The ministry rejected the theory that the virus may have leaked from a lab as a “conspiracy”. “Some people in the United States are completely ignoring facts and science,” said Zhao Lijian, a ministry spokesman.
Biden later promised to release the results of the intelligence community’s investigation into the origins of Covid-19, including the possibility of a leak from Wuhan’s virology lab in China, unless it contained something he “was unaware of” . He previously ordered the community to “redouble their efforts to gather and analyze information that might bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me within 90 days.”
He added: “As part of that report, I asked for areas of further research that may be needed, including questions specific to China.” “Most elements do not believe there is enough information to judge whether one (theory) is more likely than the other,” the US president said.
Zhao said the US ranks first worldwide in the number of confirmed cases and fatalities from Covid-19, reaching about 33 million and 600,000 respectively. He said the US should accept the WHO-led international inquiry.
“The US side claims it wants China to participate in a comprehensive, transparent, evidence-based international investigation,” Zhao said. “We would like to ask the US side to do the same as China and immediately cooperate with the World Health Organization on research into provenance in a scientific way.”
Zhao said the government’s position “came in total disregard for facts and science…while completely ignoring doubts about the origins tracing and failure of the US pandemic response.”
“This shows completely that the US side doesn’t care about facts and truth, nor is it interested in serious scientific origin tracing, but wants to use the epidemic to perpetrate stigmatization, political manipulation and evade responsibility,” Zhao said.