The WHO conducted an inquiry this year into the origins of the virus, which first appeared Wuhan in late 2019. The study concluded that “introduction through a lab incident was considered to be an extremely unlikely pathway” but was widely seen as incomplete because of China‘s limited cooperation. Last month, Biden ordered intelligence agencies to investigate the origins, an indication that the US was taking seriously the possibility that the virus had accidentally leaked.
Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, highlighted that “investigators need complete access to information and to sites” to “develop the right tools to make sure this will never happen again.” In Britain’s parliament, UK health minister Matt Hancock said there needs to be a fully independent probe that is allowed to take place without interference in China. “Part of the reforms that we need is to make sure we can properly find answers.” NYT & Reuters