Give it to me straight, doc.
Sorry, we can’t do that because the truth about COVID might stoke “racism” and “xenophobia” and would embolden the “far right” and help Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
“Chan said there had been trepidation among some scientists about publicly discussing the lab leak hypothesis for fear that their words could be misconstrued or used to support racist rhetoric about how the coronavirus emerged. Trump fueled accusations that the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a research lab in the city where the first Covid-19 cases were reported, was connected to the outbreak, and on numerous occasions he called the pathogen the “Wuhan virus” or “kung flu.”
“At the time, it was scarier to be associated with Trump and to become a tool for racists, so people didn’t want to publicly call for an investigation into lab origins,” she said.
Now, more scientists are comfortable confronting the gamut of plausible theories — particularly given China’s opacity about the topic — although many still caution that entertaining the idea of a lab leak requires clear scientific proof, which hasn’t materialized.
“There has been no new evidence over the past 16 months that the virus had a lab origin,” said Maciej Boni, an associate professor of biology at Penn State University, who specializes in tropical disease epidemiology and viral evolution. …”
Well, that’s reassuring.
Everyone who suspected that “science” was being mixed up with politics and that the public health establishment wasn’t being completely candid and that “conspiracy theorists” might have a point have been vindicated. By all means, what bullshit would you like us to believe next?