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President Joe Biden’s decision to announce an intensified 90-day review into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic came about in part because of the Chinese government’s refusal to participate in an investigation by the World Health Organization, a source familiar with the decision said.
Biden asked the intelligence community in a statement Wednesday to redouble its efforts to get to the bottom of the origins of Covid-19 after new reports raised questions about whether it spread from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
The source said the genesis of Biden’s request goes back weeks, after he’d received information that he’d asked for back in March. The information was in the President’s Daily Brief, the highly classified briefing prepared by the intelligence community.