Morning Jolt: The Taboo on the COVID Lab-Leak Theory Lifts

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On the menu today: Out of nowhere, it's seemingly hip and cool to point out the long-obvious fact that SARS-CoV-2 could well be the result of a lab accident in Wuhan. And Politico drives me to do the unthinkable: call for people to get off Kamala Harris's back.

Oh, Sure, Now It's Okay to Speculate about a Lab Leak in Wuhan

Some of us are COVID-origin hipsters, I guess; we were into the lab-leak theory before it went mainstream.

I'm glad Donald G. McNeil Jr., the prize-winning former science reporter for the New York Times, has concluded that, "the argument that [SARS-CoV-2] could have leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology or a sister lab in Wuhan has become considerably stronger than it was a year ago, when the screaming was so loud that it drowned out serious discussion."

I'm glad that 18 scientists have written to Science magazine that, "We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data ...

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WITH JIM GERAGHTY May 18 2021
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WITH JIM GERAGHTY May 18 2021
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The Taboo on the COVID Lab-Leak Theory Lifts

On the menu today: Out of nowhere, it's seemingly hip and cool to point out the long-obvious fact that SARS-CoV-2 could well be the result of a lab accident in Wuhan. And Politico drives me to do the unthinkable: call for people to get off Kamala Harris's back.

Oh, Sure, Now It's Okay to Speculate about a Lab Leak in Wuhan

Some of us are COVID-origin hipsters, I guess; we were into the lab-leak theory before it went mainstream.

I'm glad Donald G. McNeil Jr., the prize-winning former science reporter for the New York Times, has concluded that, "the argument that [SARS-CoV-2] could have leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology or a sister lab in Wuhan has become considerably stronger than it was a year ago, when the screaming was so loud that it drowned out serious discussion."

I'm glad that 18 scientists have written to Science magazine that, "We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data ...   READ MORE

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