The Morning Dispatch: How Government Officials Downplayed the Lab-Leak Theory

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Biden administration announced on Thursday its allocation plans for the first 25 million COVID-19 vaccine doses the United States will share with other countries. Approximately 19 million will be distributed through COVAX—a global vaccination initiative spearheaded by the World Health Organization—and about 6 million will be sent to “regional priorities and partner recipients,” including Mexico, Canada, Ukraine, West Bank and Gaza, India, and Iraq. 

  • The White House issued a warning to U.S. businesses on Thursday following a series of ransomware attacks, urging them to take “immediate steps” to protect themselves from hackers. The memo, from Deputy National Security Adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger, stressed that “no company is safe from being targeted by ransomware, regardless of size or location.”

  • President Joe Biden issued an executive order on Thursday prohibiting Americans from investing in Chinese firms that are linked to the Chinese military or surveillance technology. The order lists 59 Chinese firms, expanding upon a similar order issued by former President Donald Trump in November that listed 31 firms.

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