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Coronavirus

Biden tells intelligence agencies to look deeper into COVID origins

Wuhan lab leak theory gains interest after reports of sick staff

Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease on Feb. 3.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday called for a further intelligence report on the origins of COVID-19, doubling down scrutiny on an issue highly sensitive to Beijing.

"I have now asked the intelligence community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion" on the coronavirus' origins, Biden said in a statement.

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