Covid update: House GOP launches investigation into pandemic’s origin

Covid update: House GOP launches investigation into pandemic’s origin

Staff reports | The Republican chairmen of the House Oversight Committee and the Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic issued letters to current and former Biden administration officials requesting testimony and documentation regarding the initial human transmission of Covid-19, according to CNBC.

The investigation is looking into the notion that Covid-19 could have leaked from a Chinese lab, CNBC reported. House Republicans also issued requested briefings from U.S. intelligence agencies and dozens of public health officials. 

Former National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins and former White House Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anthony Fauci are among those recently contacted for new testimony. Collins and Fauci have expressed that human exposure to animals infected by bats is a more likely explanation, CNBC reported.  

President Joe Biden requested U.S. intelligence agencies in May 2021 investigate how the pandemic began, but the effort was inconclusive as scientists could not definitively pinpoint the cause.

The Biden administration announced Jan. 30 that national Covid-19 public health emergency protocols expire May 11, according to The New York Times. One of the more impactful changes to public health policy will affect availability of free Covid tests, treatments and vaccines. Out-of-pocket costs will apply to services, which were previously free under the public health emergency.