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Biden gives intelligence agencies 90 days to uncover COVID-19 origins

US President Joe Biden has issued a directive giving intelligence agencies 90 days to uncover the origins of the coronavirus.

It comes in the wake of a campaign from concerned scientists and academics who believe the virus could have been caused by a laboratory accident.

President Biden said the US intelligence community has coalesced around two likely scenarios but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this question.

The two options are firstly the coronavirus initially developed in animals and then passed to humans and secondly the virus was caused by a laboratory accident.

The president said he had asked the intelligence community to keep Congress fully apprised of the work.

He also took a shot at his predecessor saying the failure to get our inspectors on the ground in those early months will always hamper any investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

The new directive comes after CNN was told Biden shut down a state-department effort to prove coronavirus had originated in a Chinese lab started under Donald Trump.

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