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Biden Orders Investigation Into COVID Lab-Leak Theory as New Evidence Raises Doubt Virus Could Have Evolved Naturally

President Biden Wednesday ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to investigate the origins of the SARS-CoV-2, including whether the virus may have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in Wuhan, China.

The announcement followed on the heels of a number of recent developments, including a Wall Street Journal report earlier this week revealing that three researchers at the WIV became sick enough in November 2019 to seek hospital care.

Citing a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report, the WSJ said the researchers became sick “with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illness.”

The report isn’t the only recent news to raise new questions about the lab-leak theory.

Earlier this month, in an open letter published in the Journal Science, 18 prominent scientists called for a deeper investigation into the origins of the virus.