Biden’s COVID-19 origin report leaves the lab leak on the table
Metzl wrote to us in November 2020 David Quammen, a leading science journalist and author of the influential book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, Sharing a scientific paper postulating laboratory origin based on some of the unusual features of the SARS-CoV-2 sequence.
Quammen wrote back to Metzl: “I want to understand why these theories are so attractive on top of evidence or the lack of evidence. In this context, a question, and I don’t mean it shyly, just curiously: Do you think Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, killed JFK? Or not?”
In an email to Vanity fair, Quammen wrote that both scenarios – of multiple assassins shooting at Kennedy and that of COVID-19 leaking from a laboratory – were fundamentally more dramatic than the alternatives. “I really wondered if there was a connection between the followers of the respective scenarios,” he said.
While Metzl certainly failed to appreciate Quammen’s implications, the chances are growing that the Wuhan Institute of Virology will be a successor to grassy hill in the 21st of the unproven theory that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. That’s because, with U.S. intelligence divided and biological signals deteriorating, we may never know where COVID-19 is coming from.
The summary report released on Friday made it clear that intelligence agencies have reached the limit of what is recognizable, “unless new information allows them to determine the specific pathway for first natural contact with an animal or determine that a laboratory is in Wuhan deals with it ”. SARS-CoV-2 or a near precursor virus before COVID-19 emerged. “
One of the main obstacles to full accounting has been and is the unwillingness of the authoritarian government of China, which loudly denies that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from a Wuhan laboratory, to conduct or enable a transparent investigation.
According to the international health regulations that have been in force since 2007, the 194 member states of the World Health Organization must report all “events that may represent a health emergency of international concern”. Unexpected cases of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) would trigger this reporting requirement according to regulations.
However, as early as 2012, China failed to meet its obligation under this standard. In 2012, six miners were sent to clean an abandoned mine shaft in Yunnan Province and became seriously ill after days of shoveling bat guano. Three of them died, and the cases attracted a great deal of interest from Chinese scientists. But the Chinese government never reported the incident to WHO, a spokesman confirmed there Vanity fair.
A bat sample from this mine shaft, sequenced by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, was 96.2% similar to the SARS-CoV-2 sequence and is the closest known precursor. But these facts have only emerged through the efforts of independent scientists, among other things, some of whom are doing research in a group they call DRASTIC, short for Decentralized Radical Autonomous Search Team Investigating COVID-19. Their stated goal was to solve the mystery of the origin of COVID-19.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Chinese government appears to be doing everything in its power to suppress crucial facts. It disputed Early on, there was evidence that the virus could be transmitted between humans, ordering laboratory samples to be destroyed, muzzling scientists, and claiming the right to review all scientific research on COVID-19 before publication. As the pandemic spread around the world, the international scientific community failed to realize that China seemed to be forcing its own scientists to play with different rules.