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White House press secretary Jen Psaki would not say Thursday whether the Biden administration has seen evidence that COVID-19 did not leak from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan. “I would caution you against disproving a negative there, which is never the responsible approach in our view when it comes to getting to the bottom of the root causes of a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the United States,” Psaki chided Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy after he put the question to her. “I will say that our view continues to be that there needs to be an independent, transparent investigation and that needs to happen with the cooperation and data provided from the Chinese government,” Psaki continued. “We don’t have enough information at this point to make an assessment.” Earlier Thursday, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a report claiming that there was “significant circumstantial evidence” that the virus originated from a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the federal government “may have funded or collaborated” the research that led to it.

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