Top Biden official admits US will not pressure China on COVID-19 origins

National security adviser Jake Sullivan admitted Sunday that President Joe Biden will not pressure China to cooperate with investigations into the origins of COVID-19, but instead will rely upon the intelligence community and the World Health Organization.

The theory that COVID-19 originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is now a leading theory of the pandemic’s emergence, despite the idea being dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” during the height of the pandemic.

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Speaking with CNN host Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” Sullivan revealed that the Biden administration will not, at least right now, take action against Beijing to force China’s cooperation.

“We are not, at this point, going to issue threats or ultimatums,” Sullivan said. “What we’re going to do is continue to rally support in the international community.”

“And if it turns out that China refuses to live up to its international obligations, we will have to consider our responses at that point, and we will do so in concert with allies and partners,” he added.