(Reversing an earlier position, President Joe Biden is now asking the intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” to investigate the origins of COVID-19, including the possibility that it originated in a Chinese lab.

Under former President Trump, the U.S. State Department had put together a special investigation team looking into the origins of COVID-19. Nevertheless, the Biden administration shut it down over concerns with the quality of its work, according to inside sources reported first by CNN. 

Biden Orders a Conclusion Within 90 Days

But now, through a statement released Thursday, President Biden has ordered the U.S. intelligence community to reach a “definitive conclusion” within 90 days.

The intelligence community has “coalesced around two likely scenarios” but has not reached a definitive conclusion, President Biden said. Those two scenarios suggest that the coronavirus emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.