Still Searching for COVID’s Origins
Good morning from the Hive newsroom! As we approach the three-year anniversary of the day everything changed, the origins of COVID remain unknown. But now the Energy Department has joined the FBI in concluding that the pandemic most likely came from a lab leak, writes Kelly Rissman. (For more on the lab-leak theory, see Katherine Eban’s 2021 deep dive into matter.)
Some Republicans seized on Sunday’s Wall Street Journal scoop to suggest the matter is settled. However, the Energy Department’s conclusion was made with “low confidence,” according to the Journal, which notes that four other agencies consider natural transmission the likely cause, and two are undecided. “Right now,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on CNN, “there is not a definitive answer that has emerged from the intelligence community.”
Elsewhere, Joe Biden scoffed at China’s peace plan for the Ukraine-Russia war, Rissman writes, while a coalition of news organizations is demanding access to Capitol security footage that Kevin McCarthy gave to Tucker Carlson. Thanks for reading!