Saturday, November 14, 2020

The coronavirus’s origins are still a mystery. We need a full investigation/ WaPo Editorial

The tide is turning.  The origin of SARS-CoV-2 remains in question.  And now the WaPo is supporting a full investigation, below. But don't expect much from pending investigations by the WHO or a group that has constituted itself as from the Lancet. The Lancet group's origin investigation is being led by Peter Daszac, PhD, whose NGO, EcoHealth Alliance, funded research at the Wuhan lab, and participated in the research. Not only that, Daszac has been quoted all over as saying that a lab origin is "pure baloney" and a conspiracy theory. 

Not only that, but Daszac already has the answer to Covid-19: it is the fault of us humans and our interactions with nature.  It seems he self-selected to lead an investigation to protect his origin narrative (and protect the labs he funds) and he probably funded the Lancet medical journal to lend its name to his investigation.  Many scientists are understandably upset about Daszac investigating himself.

AFTER SO much death and illness, a mystery from the first days of the novel coronavirus has yet to be solved. We still don’t understand its origins or how it became a global killer. The answers lie in China, and quite possibly beyond. The world needs a credible, impartial investigation to better prepare for future pandemics...

David A. Relman, a Stanford University microbiologist, writes in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “the ‘origin story’ is missing many key details,” including a recent detailed evolutionary history of the virus, identity of its most recent ancestors and “surprisingly, the place, time, and mechanism of transmission of the first human infection...”

“Preventing the next pandemic,” wrote Dr. Relman, “depends on understanding the origins of this one.”

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