The Chinese embassy in the United States says that politicising the origins of COVID-19 would hamper further investigations and undermine global efforts to curb the pandemic. This after President Joe Biden ordered a review of US intelligence about how and where the virus first emerged. The Chinese embassy said it supports “a comprehensive study of all early cases of COVID-19 found worldwide and a thorough investigation into some secretive bases and biological laboratories all over the world.” While the Global Times tabloid, part of the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper group, said late on Wednesday that if the “lab leak theory” was to be further investigated, the US should also allow investigators into its own facilities, including the lab at Fort Detrick, the center of the US biological weapons program from 1943 to 1969.