The US had earlier called for a "transparent" phase 2 probe of the coronavirus origins study after a US newspaper reported that researchers at the Chinese virology laboratory in Wuhan had fallen ill back in 2019 almost a month before Chinese authorities reported the first coronavirus case to the WHO.
Biden said: "As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China. I have also asked that this effort include work by our National Labs and other agencies of our government to augment the Intelligence Community's efforts".
President Joe Biden today joined a growing chorus of voices calling, yet again, for a fuller, more transparent investigation into whether the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
China hit out at the "dark history" of the US intelligence community Thursday, after President Joe Biden ordered a probe into the Covid-19 origins as the lab-leak theory rebounds and strains relations between the two countries. Here is their current position: while two elements in the IC leans toward the former scenario and one leans more toward the latter - each with low or moderate confidence - the majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.
The answer has huge implications both for China, which says it is not responsible for the pandemic, and for the United States.
The notion that the virus might have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which conducts coronavirus research, has gotten renewed attention since the World Health Organization mission to China struggled to uncover information that significantly advanced the natural spillover hypothesis.
In March of this year, the President tasked U.S. intelligence agencies to prepare a report on their most up-to-date analysis on the origins of the virus. The White House criticized the report as incomplete and lacking crucial data, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it wasn't "extensive enough" and that the lab-leak theory needed more investigation.
Karine Jean-Pierre, a White House spokeswoman, declined Wednesday to say whether Biden would consider any action based on the result of his new investigation.
The study, conducted by a team of 17 Chinese scientists and 17 global experts, called the lab leak theory "extremely unlikely", though WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also called for further investigations.
'We need the World Health Organization to assist in that matter.
The Biden team then killed off the investigation while citing concerns over the "quality of work" after it received its draft findings in February and March which were "questioned" over their legitimacy.
The CNN report has said that various sources involved with the inquiry have indicated that there's more work to be done even as the State Department has claimed that the work of the inquiry committee was complete.
The conclusions were detailed in a report to Biden, who asked his team in March to detail whether the novel coronavirus "emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident", according to the president's written statement.
Twitter also labelled claims about the "man-made" origins of COVID-19 as misleading and has not yet announced any changes to this policy. The study was co-authored by 17 Chinese scientists, several of them from state-run institutions.