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The U.S. Effectively Surrenders in the Argument about the Origins of COVID-19

Outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, February 3, 2021 (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

The World Health Organization has proposed 26 scientists for a new group to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as future outbreaks. Unfortunately, as a letter from U.S. Right to Know lays out, some of the 26 proposed scientists have glaring conflicts of interest. One scientist is a subcontractor on a 2020 multi-million-dollar NIH grant to EcoHealth Alliance.

A second scientist signed a letter in The Lancet, orchestrated by Dr. Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance, arguing that the SARS-CoV-2 lab-origin hypothesis is a conspiracy theory. A third claimed that a lab-leak origin of SARS-CoV-2 is a “typical conspiracy theory.”

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