Push For 9/11-Style Covid Investigation Commission
As the covid lab-leak hypothesis is reported in several news outlets, the AP reports on efforts to begin a full investigation into covid's origins. Separately, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said no "threats or ultimatums" will be made to China to investigate the source of the virus outbreak.
As COVID-19 Crisis Ebbs, Some Seeking 9/11-Style Commission
With more than 600,000 Americans dead of COVID-19 and questions still raging about the origin of the virus and the government’s response, a push is underway on Capitol Hill and beyond for a full-blown investigation of the crisis by a national commission like the one that looked into 9/11. It is unclear whether such a probe will ever happen, though a privately sponsored team of public health experts is already laying the groundwork for one. (Reeves and Kunzelman, 6/17)
Sullivan: US Will Not Be Issuing 'Threats Or Ultimatums' To China In COVID-19 Origin Investigation
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that the U.S. would not be issuing "threats or ultimatums" to China as it seeks access for an investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," host Dana Bash pressed Sullivan on what actions the U.S. would take to pressure China to help facilitate an investigation, noting that Sullivan had once said the U.S. wouldn't take China's inaction lying down. Sullivan stated that the U.S.'s approach was on "two tracks." (Choi, 6/20)
The Washington Post:
Scientists Battle Over The Ultimate Origin Story: Where Did The Coronavirus Come From?
Speculation about origin abounds as the lab-leak theory puts a spotlight on virological research. (Achenbach, 6/20)
The New York Times:
Covid Lab-Leak Theory Renews 'Gain-Of-Function' Research Debate
Talk of ‘gain-of-function’ research, a muddy category at best, brings up deep questions about how scientists should study viruses and other pathogens. (Zimmer and Gorman, 6/20)