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How did the Covid-19 pandemic begin? We need to investigate all credible hypotheses | Alison Young

The news has reignited the overheated public debate over the two prevailing hypotheses for the origin of Covid-19, but the case remains far from closed

This week’s revelation that a top US scientific agency has joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in leaning toward a lab accident in China as the most likely source of the Covid-19 pandemic has once again surfaced the entrenched politics that have impeded the search for answers since day one.

The new assessment is contained in a classified intelligence report, first disclosed by the Wall Street Journal and later confirmed by other media organizations. It is a small, yet important development in what has been the largely stalled search for how the SARS-CoV-2 virus – which was first detected in Wuhan, China – made its initial jump to infect humans before spreading around the world and killing millions.

Alison Young is an investigative reporter in Washington, DC, and serves as the Curtis B Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism at University of Missouri. Her book, Pandora’s Gamble: Lab Leaks, Pandemics, and a World at Risk, will be released in April.

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