The following editorial is authored by a prominent physician and researcher employed at one of the most prestigious academic medical centers in the world. He has opted to remain anonymous.
Many questions remain unanswered about the origin of SARS-CoV-2, and I am certainly not the only scientists that have them. There are likely benign convincing explanations to everything, but to date, I have not seen them.
Some will say: why does knowing the origin matter? It matters for several reasons. First of all, it will help us plan for the future. If this indeed was a virus that arose from close contact with wildlife and humans, this contact in the future will have to be managed. Secondly, if in the unlikely event this was perhaps escape from a lab, then lab procedures will have to be evaluated, and lab experiments with infectious possibly pandemic viruses will have to be additionally regulated. Finally, if this again was an unlikely escape from a lab, then knowing the exact type of virus we are dealing with would help us manage the current pandemic.
The story starts, we believe, with a noble goal: to prevent the world from ever having the type of pandemic we are ...
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