Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Foreign Policy article by Justin Ling: "The Lab Leak Theory Doesn't Hold Up" (or does it?)

 

I wait to enter a packed bar during Pride NYC; I, as well as most patrons, am fully vaccinated

 A long article by Justin Ling in Foreign Policy (paywall) argues that the newly credible lab leak theory for SARS_CoV2 does not hold water with him.  Ling has had other articles in Medium and medical journals pointing out how mutations occur in Nature.  The article is titled bluntly “The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up” with the byline “The rush to find a conspiracy around the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins is driven by narrative, not evidence”.

He claims that Wuhan was simply the first city in China where the pandemic was noticed, but that led suddenly to the building of a field hospital.  As Johnny Harris had pointed out in a video (Movies blog), it really is hard to explain why there weren’t more outbreaks nearer the caves.  But Ling notes that the original SARS in 2003 had traveled about 900 miles to where it was first noticed.

He also repeats the fact that furin cleavages (and receptor binding domain changes) happen in nature with coronaviruses, particularly in animals with simultaneous infections.  However other virologists have pointed out that the specifics of the PRRA codon change are very unusual to occur in nature spontaneously.

Other sources have noted a possible Fauci email coverup in early February 2020.

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