In an article he wrote this week, journalist Sam Husseini recounts how, on February 11, he asked Anne Schuchat, the Centers for Disease Control’s principal deputy director, at the National Press Club if it were a "complete coincidence" that the outbreak of the novel coronavirus happened in Wuhan, a center of China's declared biowarfare/biodefence capacity.
“I didn't get a satisfactory answer. In fact, at the end it was remarkably evasive. She wouldn't answer my followup question about whether the claimed ‘zoonotic origin’ precluded the outbreak from being caused [by] pathogens from nature that then could be accidentally leaked from the labs.”
In polite media circles, journalists don’t want to talk about biowarfare or bioterrorism or bioweapons at all, much less in the context of COVID-19.
Husseini thinks that’s a mistake. So do we—an irresponsible, dangerous mistake.
After all, if consumers should have the right to know if their food is genetically engineered, shouldn’t we have the right to know if scientists are genetically engineering viruses in labs? And how potentially dangerous that "research" might be?
If you’ve been following our coverage of the pandemic, you know that we’re focused on health—how to get healthy, and stay healthy (hint: stay away from Big Food).
We’re also focused on how COVID-19 has exposed the fatal flaws in our industrial food system: monopolies that have led to too few and too big processing plants; unjust treatment of farmworkers and slaughterhouse workers; diversion of stimulus funds to Big Ag instead of to family farmers.
But we’re also focused on how the world unites around actions to prevent the next pandemic. Those include restoring biodiversity, shutting down factory farms . . . and ending “gain-of-function” research, genetically engineered or otherwise.
Husseini exposes the media’s failure to take seriously the opinions of a host of credible scientists who are arguing for a thorough investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
We think the world has a right to know what happened. So we can do everything in our power to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
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