The Biden administration should itself — separate and apart from the World Health Organization — lead a multilateral effort to investigate the origins of the virus. We should share our intelligence with other countries that are seeking answers, pool our collective knowledge about the origins of the virus and, together, place pressure on China to allow for access to the facilities and data that would help answer the remaining questions about the origins of Covid-19.
Unfortunately, the Biden administration remains far too deferential to the WHO and places too much faith in the organization’s ability to manage an investigation that will be any more thorough or, more importantly, independent of the influence of China’s government.
While China may continue to stonewall an outside investigation, a US-led multilateral investigation can nonetheless get closer to the answers we seek about what happened during the early days of the pandemic. Perhaps most importantly, this effort can directly address the lab leak theory — something that Beijing has little interest in even exploring.