How Politics Shaped the Battle Over Covid’s Origin

From a New York Times story by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Benjamin Mueller headlined “Lab Leak or Not? How Politics Shaped the Battle Over Covid’s Origin”:

In the spring of 2021, with studies of the coronavirus pandemic’s origins going nowhere and the issue embroiled in bitter partisan politics, David Relman, a microbiologist at Stanford, quietly made a request of his congresswoman.

He told his representative, Anna Eshoo, that he was organizing a letter from leading scientists calling for an open and independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19 — including into whether it had come from a laboratory in Wuhan, China. He wanted to know if she would publicly endorse the idea.