Joe Biden pushes for probe into COVID-19 origin, China says US doesn’t care about real facts

Joe Biden pushes for probe into COVID-19 origin, China says US doesn’t care about real facts Joe Biden, Zhao Lijian (Photo Credit: Zhao Lijian Twitter)

Beijing:¬†Right after the Joe Biden administration instructed the US intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” to find the actual origins of coronavirus, China decided to hit back at them by saying that the US does not care about real facts.

During an address at a presser on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called Biden administration’s decision as a disrespect towards science.

“Some people in the US completely ignore facts and science, do not pay attention to ambiguous parts of their own research and their failures in the fight against the pandemic, over and over making the buzz that a re-investigation needs to be conducted regarding China,” Zhao said.

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“This is disrespect for science and irresponsibility in relation to people’s lives, as well as undermining global unity in the fight against the epidemic,” he added.

On Wednesday, the President of United States had instructed the US intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” to come up with an answer on the origins of the novel virus and report back to him within the next 90 days.

“I have now asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyse information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days,” Biden said in a statement on the investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

File Photo of US President Joe Biden (Image Source: PTI)

“The United States will also keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence,” he added.

The 78-year-old also revealed that the intelligence community had prepared a report at his request that analyzed whether COVID-19 “emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident” which he had received earlier this month. However, those officials did not make a definitive conclusion.

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On May 25, a senior White House COVID-19 adviser had said that the world needs to “get to the bottom” of the origins of the coronavirus pandemic while also adding that the World Health Organisation (WHO) and China need to do more to find a definitive answer over the matter.

“It is our position that we need to get to the bottom of this and we need a completely transparent process from China. We need the WHO (World Health Organization) to assist in that matter. We don’t feel like that we have that now,” said WH Covid advisor Andy Slavitt on Tuesday during a briefing.

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