What If the Pandemic Was Man-Made?

Security personnel outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Hubei Province, China, February 3, 2021 (Thomas Peter/Reuters)
If COVID is shown to have leaked from a lab, searching for those that authored the disaster would be necessary fact-finding before doing justice.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A t the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, history-minded columnists started cracking open their books and looking for what happened in plagues of the past. Maybe that would be a guide to the near-term future. And indeed, we saw history repeat itself: some people shutting in for fear of the illness, others living almost more hedonistically, lest they miss out on some of life’s joy before the end. Cities emptying and their inhabitants spreading the disease into the provinces and countryside. We saw New York City seed most of the American nation with coronavirus. In the chronicles of the late Middle


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