I’m getting a little tired here, gang, of all the “lab leak” nonsense. It’s pure, distilled, refined conspiracy theory stuff. Did the Trump presidency so exhaust us with conspiracy theories that we no longer have the ability to recognize them?
None of the scientists I know are giving any consideration to the lab leak bullshit. Here’s Larry Moran with a couple of videos of qualified scientists discussing it (I don’t consider myself a particularly well qualified scientist — I’m not a virologist, microbiologist, or epidemiologist. But I recognize the skills you need to have to do virology, microbiology, or epidemiology.)
The WHO scientists want to emphasize three things: (1) it is extremely unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 was being studied at WIV so it couldn’t have escaped from there; (2) there is no evidence to support the lab leak conspiracy theory but if any evidence shows up they are perfectly willing to investigate; (3) it’s very likely that SARS-CoV-2 originated naturally in the wild and all efforts should be focused on the most likely scenario and not on an extremely unlikely scenario.
After the interview is over, the three hosts talk about the lab leak conspiracy theory. You should hear what they have to say about Nicholas Wade and his failure to understand the furin cleavage site (1:10 minutes)! And they have lots to say about everything else in the Wade article. Everyone needs to watch that discussion if you are really interested in science and not half-baked conspriacy theories.
Even if it were accidentally released from a lab, it’s not a bioengineered virus, but something that had been collected in the wild during extensive sampling of, for instance, bat caves. It would have originated there, not in a lab. I agree that it’s important to study where these viruses arise, because there are more out there, lurking in the complexity of the natural world, but thinking the only danger can come from intentional manipulation in a lab is going to mislead you into underestimating the risk.
Also, you can never trust anything that comes out of Nicholas Wade. He’s not competent and he’s got strong biases.