Coronapod: Uncertainty and the COVID ‘lab-leak’ theory


Coronapod: Uncertainty and the COVID ‘lab-leak’ theory

Noah Baker and Amy Maxmen ask how we should talk about ‘lab-leaks’

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been allegations that SARS-CoV-2 could have originated in a Chinese lab. A phase one WHO investigation concluded that a ‘lab-leak’ was “extremely unlikely” and yet, the theory has seen a resurgence in recent weeks with several scientists wading into the debate.

In this episode of Coronapod, we delve into what scientists have been saying and ask how and why the ‘lab-leak’ hypothesis has gained so much traction. We ask if the way we communicate complex and nuanced science could be fuelling division, and what the fallout could be for international collaboration on ending the pandemic.

News: Divisive COVID ‘lab leak’ debate prompts dire warnings from researchers

Science: Investigate the origins of COVID-19

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