It’s not an understatement to say that most scientists today are nothing more than politicians.
And many scientists chose to play politics with COVID-19.
But it’s not them who must pay the consequences.
It’s innocent civilians across the globe.
Despite the outright lies from medical overlords like Fauci, the Wuhan Lab Leak Theory was censored for well over a year.
If you mentioned the legitimate possibilities of the virus coming from a lab, you were deemed racist and banned from social media.
This was the treatment citizens received, even though there was belief within the scientific community that the Wuhan Lab was possibly the source of the virus.
But since President Trump had suspicions of the lab leak, the scientists remained silent about the lab leak hypothesis.
The politicized scientists had such a deep hatred of admitting Trump was right, they ignored science themselves and lied to the public for over a year.
Harvard Scientist Admits Trump Hatred Influenced Experts Who Denied Wuhan Lab Leak Theory https://t.co/cDRvqsSQqj
— AntifaBook.com (@JackPosobiec) June 17, 2021
Scientist on Wuhan Lab Leak Theory: We Didn’t Admit the Truth Earlier Because It Might Help Trumphttps://t.co/eg23wKqMqx
— Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) June 17, 2021
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) June 17, 2021
Scientists: Yeah, We Dismissed COVID-19 Lab Leak Theory for Totally Unscientific Reasons, Because of Trump
Nevertheless, they persist in demanding our trust and respect
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) June 17, 2021
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) June 16, 2021
From NBC News:
Chan was one of 18 scientists who published a letter in the journal Science last month calling for a more in-depth investigation into the virus’s origin that takes into account theories about both natural occurrence and laboratory spillovers. The letter helped kick-start a new round of calls to investigate the “lab leak hypothesis,” including demands from President Joe Biden and several leading scientists.
And while public discussion of a potential lab leak has shifted significantly in recent months, as more people pay attention to a theory that was originally promulgated by former President Donald Trump and his followers, the scientific evidence has remained unchanged, according to interviews with five virologists who have experience in microbiology, infectious disease ecology and viral evolution.
The researchers offered near-uniform summations that few conclusions can be drawn based on the available scientific evidence, but they noted that the context and circumstances of the origin debate have changed, particularly as critics point out that China hasn’t been fully transparent about the earliest days of the pandemic.
The shift reflects how some scientists who previously avoided the topic or were quick to dismiss it are grappling with enduring uncertainties about the virus’s origin, free from the politicization that clouded such discussions during the Trump administration.
Chan said there had been trepidation among some scientists about publicly discussing the lab leak hypothesis for fear that their words could be misconstrued or used to support racist rhetoric about how the coronavirus emerged. Trump fueled accusations that the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a research lab in the city where the first Covid-19 cases were reported, was connected to the outbreak, and on numerous occasions he called the pathogen the “Wuhan virus” or “kung flu.”
“At the time, it was scarier to be associated with Trump and to become a tool for racists, so people didn’t want to publicly call for an investigation into lab origins,” she said.
Now, more scientists are comfortable confronting the gamut of plausible theories — particularly given China’s opacity about the topic — although many still caution that entertaining the idea of a lab leak requires clear scientific proof, which hasn’t materialized.
“There has been no new evidence over the past 16 months that the virus had a lab origin,” said Maciej Boni, an associate professor of biology at Penn State University, who specializes in tropical disease epidemiology and viral evolution.
Zero Hedge added commentary:
So while America was told to follow the science, scientists chose to play politics.
“At the time, it was scarier to be associated with Trump and to become a tool for racists, so people didn’t want to publicly call for an investigation into lab origins,” said Chan.
Those who have ‘come around’ in recent months are also pointing to China’s lack of transparency.
There are three primary theories circulating, according to the report:
- The virus evolved naturally before spilling over into humans from an infected animal.
- The virus evolved naturally, but an employee at the lab became infected from a sample and accidentally “leaked” it into the community.
- Scientists at the lab were manipulating virus samples and accidentally or intentionally released the pathogen.
“If we had a pandemic that was sourced near to a BSL-4 lab in the U.S., the first thing you would be asking is if they were working with that pathogen in that lab,” said Andrew Reed, an expert on evolutionary genetics of infectious diseases and a professor of biology at Penn State – who cautioned that while the lab leak is plausible, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the most probable explanation (it is).
As the Daily Wire notes, “David Asher, who led the Trump administration’s investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, said in an interview last month that he had biostatisticians from the U.S. government calculate that the odds of the coronavirus evolving from nature and they estimated that it was about 1-in-13 billion.”
If only ‘the science’ had been more interested in facts than politics, we’d be further down the road of accountability.