White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told Fox News’ Peter Doocy that he was “misunderstanding how this process actually works” after he pressed her on whether the U.S. would investigate the origins of COVID-19 on Monday.
Doocy asked Psaki why President Joe Biden wasn’t pushing harder to investigate “the origins of COVID” during Monday’s White House press conference. He cited a Wall Street Journal article claiming that researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill with symptoms that could have been caused by the virus in November 2019. Psaki said that the administration was pressing for an investigation into the virus’ origins headed by the World Health Organization.
“First of all, we need access to the underlying data and information in order to have that investigation,” Psaki said. “I think you’re misunderstanding how this process actually works. An international investigation, lead by the World Health Organization, is actually something we’ve been pressing for, for several months.”