GOP wants to turn lab leak controversy into Biden’s Russiagate
the “Laboratory leak theory” postulates that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is near the epicenter of Covid-19. At the start of last year, the possibility that the virus was of human origin or that it escaped the lab by human error was largely ruled out – the accepted idea was that the virus was exposed to humans by a route natural exposure.
Some versions of the lab leak theory are conspiracy theories, for example the idea that the virus was deliberately spread by China, or that Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates conspired to spread it for sinister and corrupt purposes. . But the decision to minimize the possibility of a lab leak may also have been a significant overcorrection. When Trump and his allies started label the virus the “Wuhan flu”, the “China virus” or the “Kung flu”, there was a widespread and deserved fear that these racist comments would lead to hate crimes and needlessly fuel international tensions.
Many experts have put forward an alternative theory: the virus was probably of zoonotic origin and therefore the source of the epidemic was an animal. It may turn out to be correct, maybe not. We may not know for sure for a while. But if the premature consensus that has formed around the origin of the virus in informed circles is worthy of criticism, so is Trump’s claim to have full knowledge of the matter – all the more so. that his approach to the pandemic was so often rooted in ignorance and incompetence. And Trump’s decision to target Chinese government machinations as the cause of the outbreak was informed by cowardly political instinct, not scientific knowledge. All that mattered at the time was that the president had the opportunity to pass the buck by putting China on the hook for the Trump administration’s failure to respond adequately to the pandemic. This is also all that matters now.