10 things you need to know today: February 27, 2023

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1. Energy Dept. backs COVID lab-leak theory with 'low confidence'

The Energy Department has concluded, with "low confidence," that the coronavirus pandemic probably started with a leak from a lab in Wuhan, China, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing a classified intelligence report recently shared with the White House and key lawmakers. The Energy Department had previously been undecided on the likely origin of the pandemic, and the shift was described in an update of a 2021 document by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines' office, the Journal reported. The FBI also concluded, with "moderate confidence," that a leak from a Chinese lab likely started the pandemic, but four other agencies and a national intelligence panel have said the first outbreak was likely caused by natural transmission from an animal.

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