New evidence undermines the COVID lab-leak theory — but the press keeps pushing it | Yahoo! News
A paper posted online earlier this month chiefly by researchers at France's Institut Pasteur and under consideration for publication in a Nature journal, however, reports that three viruses were found in bats living in caves in northern Laos with features very similar to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. As Nature reported, those viruses are "more similar to SARS-CoV-2 than any known viruses."
THREAD: If we'd taken certain steps in winter - and recognized #coronavirus had characteristics we always feared in its balance between transmissibility and lethality - we may be in different position now. Let's not have to say in the fall we wish we'd done more in the spring.
"Global health emergencies like this lay bare the damage dome to social infrastructure over the years by stripping it bare of funding. The safety net for stuff like this has been fatally crippled in the U.S., people are just starting to realize it because the problems have been ignored and paper over by politicians for years. 'Don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain!'" - Paul Ferguson, Tacoma, Washington USA
The botched US effort to fight the #coronavirus: “The CDC got this right with H1N1 and Zika, and produced huge quantities of test kits that went around the country,” said the CDC's director from 2009 to 2017. “I don’t know what went wrong this time.”