WSJ Redaksie: The virus lab theory's new credibility

In Januarie 2020, international media began reporting about a virus spreading in the Chinese city of Wuhan. “The coronavirus could result in a global pandemic,” said Sen. Tom Cotton on Jan. 30, 2020. “I would note that Wuhan has China’s only biosafety level-four super laboratory that works with the world’s most deadly pathogens to include, ja, coronavirus.

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The world would learn more about COVID-19and the WIV. But it was always reasonable to ask if the virus came from a nearby lab that handled dangerous viruses. Op Feb.. 6, 2020, Botao Xiao of the South China University of Technology posted a paper concluding the virusprobably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.But the Chinese government strictly controls research into COVID-19’s origins, and the molecular biomechanics researcher withdrew his publication.

The Communist Party then went on offense, with Beijing’s ambassador to the U.S. declaring that lab-leak theories wereabsolutely crazyand couldfan up racial discrimination, xenophobia.After Mr. Cotton responded by calling on Sjina aan “open up now to competent international scientists,” the media chose denial: “Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked” (Washington Post) en “Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins” (New York Times).

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