An international team of scientists has been convened to examine the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from a laboratory.
The team, brought together as part of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, will make recommendations on how to avoid or at least better defend ourselves against another pandemic.
Sounds good, right? But the devil is in the detail—and guess who’s in charge of the inquiry?
The team will be led by “Gain-of-Function Hall of Shamer” British zoologist Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a top scientific collaborator and grant writer for virus hunters and gain-of-function/dual-use researchers, both military and civilian.
Expressions of outrage and disbelief have greeted his appointment because many consider Daszak to be one of the most conflicted and unreliable voices on this issue.
Daszak has promised to undertake the investigation “with an open mind.”
But—come on—how open is the mind of a man who has already dismissed suggestions of a laboratory leak as “preposterous,” “baseless,” “crackpot,” “conspiracy theories” and “pure baloney”?
We don’t hold out much hope for this toxic inquiry—but we do think people power can help stop this madness.