Pressure has grown on the theory the virus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, with Mr Pompeo claiming the evidence shows Covid originated from there. Mr Pompeo has long accused China of sparking the pandemic during his time as Secretary of State and insisted Beijing “owes the world answers” to the outbreak. He said: “Every piece of evidence suggests the Wuhan virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Communist China owes the world answers.”
Last week Joe Biden ordered intelligence officials to expand their investigation into the theory the virus was leaked from the laboratory.
Although it remains unclear where the virus emanated from, Mr Biden has ordered the intelligence community to return with a report in 90 days.
He said last week: “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, and to report back to me in 90 days.
“As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China.
“I have also asked that this effort include work by our National Labs and other agencies of our government to augment the Intelligence Community’s efforts.
“And I have asked the Intelligence Community to keep Congress fully apprised of its work.”
The Chinese government has rejected any claims the virus was leaked from the Wuhan institute.
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One source close to the UK investigation told The Times: “There might be pockets of evidence that take us one way, and evidence that takes us another way.
“The Chinese will lie either way. I don’t think we will ever know.”
The push to investigate the lab theory comes amid new information which revealed three researchers at the institute fell ill in November 2019.
Chinese officials have yet again rejected this report although the WHO has refused to rule out all possibilities.
The Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, said: “The silence coming from Wuhan is troubling.
“We need to open the crypt and see what happened to be able to protect ourselves in the future.