The Biden administration stopped a State Department investigation launched late last year into whether the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab, it was reported Tuesday.
Three sources told CNN the inquiry begun by the Trump administration was halted over concerns about the quality of its work.
News of the inquiry and its termination — neither of which had been previously reported — emerged amid renewed interest about whether the coronavirus could have leaked out of a Wuhan lab with links to the Chinese military.
CNN said the inquiry was begun by allies of then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It was run primarily out of the State Department’s arms control and verification bureau.