“I don’t think that without sanctions, without international pressure, they are ever going to help,” Graham told Fox News’ America Reports, adding that “the only way China will respond is when the world is on them. will react.
“So US-led sanctions adopted by the world would get us where we need to go, and I intend to introduce those sanctions fairly quickly,” Graham added.
Earlier on Wednesday, President Biden announced that he is giving the U.S. intelligence community 90 days to find out whether the virus naturally passes from animals to humans or if it was accidentally leaked by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
According to Biden, the thinking of intelligence officials on the issue “has merged around two likely scenarios” but has not come to a definitive conclusion. “
Graham suggested that Biden announced the investigation out of political necessity, saying, “It is becoming untenable not to investigate whether or not the virus came from a Chinese laboratory.”
“The fact that the intelligence community looks into this will not be successful until the world comes around to the idea that China needs to be more cooperative,” he added.
Support for the so-called “lab leak” theory gained ground over the weekend when the Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers from the Wuhan lab had requested hospital treatment for a disease with symptoms. COVID-like in November 2019. workers contracted coronavirus. However, health experts believe the virus started circulating in Wuhan during the time the researchers fell ill.
“You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure this out,” Graham said. “If the first cases of COVID-19 occurred in November, with lab workers, doesn’t that make it more likely than not that the source of the virus is in the lab, and not in a wet market? So I think it is becoming more and more clear.
“We have yet to find an animal that is a good host for the virus. If the first cases involve lab workers in Wuhan, chances are they got it in the lab.
At the White House on Wednesday, Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to say whether the Biden administration would approve sanctions or other sanctions against China if it was determined that the coronavirus was emerging from the facility.
“We are not going to go there at the moment,” said Jean-Pierre. “We have to go through the 90-day exam. And once we pass the 90-day exam, we’ll be able to reassess. ”