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Experts know the new coronavirus is not a bioweapon. They disagree on whether it could have leaked from a research lab
The Nature Medicine authors “leave us where we were before: with a basis to rule out [a coronavirus that is] a lab construct, but no basis to rule out a lab accident,” Ebright says.
The Nature Medicine authors “leave us where we were before: with a basis to rule out [a coronavirus that is] a lab construct, but no basis to rule out a lab accident,” Ebright says.

Much remains uncertain about the new coronavirus. What treatments will prove effective against COVID-19? When will a vaccine for the disease be ready? What level of social distancing will be required to tame the outbreak, and how long will it need to last? Will outbreaks come in waves? Amid all these vital forward-looking questions remains a more retrospective but still important one: Where did SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,  come from in the first place? Experts seem to agree it wasn’t the product of human engineering. Much research has been focused on the hypothesis that bats passed a virus to some intermediate host—perhaps pangolins, scaly ant-eating mammals—which subsequently passed it to humans. But the pangolin theory has not been conclusively proven. Some experts wonder whether a virus under study at a lab could have been accidentally released, something that’s happened in the past.

Among the latest entrants to the debate about the provenance of SARS-CoV-2 are the authors of a March 17 Nature Medicine piece that takes a look at the virus’s characteristics—including the sites on the virus that allow it to bind to human cells. They looked at whether the virus was engineered by humans and present what appears to be convincing evidence it was not. They also considered the possibility that the outbreak could have resulted from an inadvertent lab release of a virus under study but concluded “we do not believe that any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible.”

Not all experts agree.



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March 26, 2020 4:37 pm

The W.H.O. screwed the pooch on this issue big time. For whatever reason the buck should stop on the desk of Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus . But it won’t. Here’s just a small glimpse into his ‘career’. “….Tedros “worked closely with China during his time as Ethiopia’s health minister,” won the election to become WHO director “despite widely covered accusations that he covered up three different cholera epidemics as health minister in Ethiopia,” was shamed out of tapping the monstrous Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe to be a “goodwill ambassador” to the U.N. as a favor to Beijing, and is not even a medical doctor, although he has training in infectious disease response.

Think about that. Dr. Tedors once nominated Robert Mugabe as “goodwill ambassador” to the U.N. Goodf**kingwill Ambassador! Ted Bundy in charge of a Women’s shelter! Providing a character reference for the likes of Mugabe who during the 1970s and 1980s identified as a Marxist–Leninist, and as a socialist after the 1990s . That’s the kind of person who impresses Dr. Tedros. IMO the W.H.O. is as FUBAR now as the U.N. Justifiably as a result of the coronavirus/coronapanic people are very angry and petitioning to have him removed. But removed by whom, the Member States who voted him? Ha.. when pigs fly.

World Health Organization Faces Calls for Leader to Resign over Coronavirus Failure

Criticism of the World Health Organization (WHO) for allowing the Chinese Communist Party to influence its behavior during the Wuhan virus epidemic is intensifying, coupled with calls for Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to resign.

A petition calling for Tedros’ resignation and Taiwan’s full membership in WHO reached 500,000 signatures on Thursday, as reported by Taiwan News: