Senate, House intelligence committees also probing COVID-19 origins -officials – Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Security workers keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the see by the World Health Organization (WHO) group entrusted with examining the origins of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo/File PhotoThree government sources cautioned that U.S. spy companies had not yet reached any conclusion as to the origins of the infection, which initially appeared in Wuhan and then spread worldwide.Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Democrat Adam Schiff, has been performing a “deep dive” into U.S. intelligence companies “reaction to and reporting about the pandemic,” a second Congressional official said.The House panel is continuing to push the companies for details, the official said.”Last week, the House committees Republican minority issued its own report on COVID-19, focusing particularly on the Wuhan Institute of Virology.The GOP report asserted that there was “substantial circumstantial proof raises major issues that the COVID19 outbreak may have been a leakage” from the institute, suggested the Wuhan lab was included in biological weapons research study, and that Beijing had actually tried to “cover up” the infection origins.Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.