Coronavirus origin divides task force
Added 01-13-21 05:35:01pm EST - “An interagency group of scientists and medical experts formed to study the origin of the coronavirus is deadlocked over how to report their conclusions in the waning days of the Trump administration.” - Washingtontimes.com
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An interagency group of scientists and medical experts formed to study the origin of the coronavirus is deadlocked over how to report their conclusions in the waning days of the Trump administration.
According to people familiar with the dispute within the task force, 70% of the experts want to report publicly that the virus behind the pandemic leaked accidentally from the high-security medical research laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. That conclusion is supported despite Chinese scientists’ refusal to cooperate in studying the genetic makeup of the virus and to explain where it comes from.
China’s government also has issued disinformation, including spurious claims that the U.S. Army brought the virus to China.
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The behind-the-scenes debate has been underway for three weeks and includes a number of outspoken anti-Trump scientists.
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