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Covid-19: the trail of a laboratory leak resurfaces


STORY – Scientists call on China to release missing data, shedding light on troubling evidence.

This is a hypothesis that had been brushed aside at the start of the pandemic: unthinkable that the virus could have escaped from a secure laboratory in Wuhan. But what if this cathedral of certainties were built on quicksand? The trail of the pangolin has been abandoned, and there is no tangible evidence regarding the zoonotic origin in the wild or in breeding. So much so that the director of WHO himself, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus refused to rule out the laboratory accident after the report of the organization’s first fact-finding mission to China was delivered on March 30. Although the team concluded that a lab leak was the hypothesis “Least likely”, he said that “Additional data and studies were needed to arrive at more robust conclusions, potentially with additional missions involving specialized experts, which I am ready to deploy”.

Conversely, the track of

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