U.S. Right To Know (USRTK) has filed a lawsuit against the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its aim is to uncover what is known about the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and the risks of biosafety labs and gain-of-function research.
Given the devastation it has wrought over the course of 2020—lives lost, jobs lost, liberties lost—questioning the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus may seem indulgent. Surely it’s more important to figure out how we get out of this mess?
But understanding where it came from is important, because how the virus originated shapes how we respond to it, what measures our governments and institutions take, where science directs its energy—and who we feel able to trust.
We applaud the action, which aims to bring some clarity and transparency to the COVID-19 discussion by seeking correspondence with or about organizations such as the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the EcoHealth Alliance.
None of us ever want to go through this again and the bottom line is, as USRTK executive director Gary Ruskin says, “Preventing the next pandemic may depend crucially on understanding the origins of the present one.”
On November, 19 at 11:30 a.m. CST, we will host a Facebook Live interview with USRTK Staff Scientist Dr. Sainath Suryanarayanan to find out more about the lawsuit and what it hopes to uncover and to answer your questions. Please join us.