Will we ever know Covid's true origins?
Did the virus escape from the Chinese lab?
The lab leak possibility was written off by many as a conspiracy theory at first, but new calls for more rigorous investigation have shone a new spotlight on it.
The US is among the loudest of a growing number of voices calling for a definitive answer about whether Covid-19 escaped from a lab into the Chinese community and then to the rest of the world.
What we do know is that research on SARS coronaviruses was underway at the Wuhan Institute of Virology at the time, leading some to believe that a test or experiment may have gone wrong.
President Biden has asked his intelligence agencies to get to the bottom on it.
And Chinese authorities have vehemently denied the possibility of a lab leak since the beginning of the pandemic, accusing the US of spreading an “absurd story”.
Geraldine had written off the lab leak theory, but has done more research and is starting to wonder if it might be true.
Eliza thinks there’s still a lot of evidence required to back up what she still labels a conspiracy theory.
Please note – this episode was recorded late afternoon on Thursday 24th June. A lot has changed since the podcast was released.
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