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白宮發聲明 拜登要求情報機關90天內查明武肺病毒起源

美國總統拜登26日宣布,他已下令情報機構就武漢肺炎的起源展開進一步調查,並在90天內向他提出報告。(本報合成)

美國總統拜登26日宣布,他已下令情報機構就武漢肺炎的起源展開進一步調查,並在90天內向他提出報告。(本報合成)

2021/05/27 05:58

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〔編譯張沛元/綜合報導〕美國總統拜登26日宣布,他已下令情報機構就武漢肺炎(新型冠狀病毒病,COVID-19)的起源展開進一步調查,並在90天內向他提出報告,包括對中國提出特定問題,美國將與國際社會共同施壓中國參與相關調查。

拜登說,美國情報機關對武肺病毒起源看法分歧,包括可能是遭感染的動物傳染給人類,抑或是肇因於實驗室意外而洩漏;他在本月初收到相關報告,並要求進一步調查。

拜登在白宮發表的聲明中表示,早在2020年初武肺疫情出現時,他就呼籲美國疾病管制暨預防中心(CDC)向中國瞭解病毒情況,以便更有效地對抗疫情。由於美方檢查人員未能在疫情爆發的前幾個月進駐,而無法對疫情起源展開調查。

拜登說,在他今年3月就任總統後不久,便下令國家安全顧問蘇利文責成情報機關,準備一份關於疫情起源的最新分析報告,包括病毒是來自與受感染動物的接觸,還是來自實驗室事故。他在本月稍早前接獲報告,並要求進一步追蹤調查。目前美國情報機關已就2種可能的情況達成共識,但尚未得出最終結論。

拜登說,他要求情報部門加倍努力,蒐集和分析更接近最終結論的資訊,並在90天內向他報告。他還要求美國的國家實驗室和其他機構參與調查,並要求情報機關讓國會充分瞭解他們的工作。

拜登還說,美國將持續與世界各地志同道合的夥伴合作,敦促中國參與全面、透明、以證據為基礎的國際調查,並提供所有相關資料和證據。

白宮聲明全文全文:

Statement by President Joe Biden on the Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19
MAY 26, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES

Back in early 2020, when COVID-19 emerged, I called for the CDC to get access to China to learn about the virus so we could fight it more effectively. The failure to get our inspectors on the ground in those early months will always hamper any investigation into the origin of COVID-19.

Nevertheless, shortly after I became President, in March, I had my National Security Advisor task the Intelligence Community to prepare a report on their most up-to-date analysis of the origins of COVID-19, including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident. I received that report earlier this month, and asked for additional follow-up. As of today, the U.S. Intelligence Community has “coalesced around two likely scenarios” but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this question. Here is their current position: “while two elements in the IC leans toward the former scenario and one leans more toward the latter – each with low or moderate confidence – the majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.”

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 United States will also keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.

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