Leading scientists in the US have admitted that they dismissed the Wuhan lab-leak theory because they didn’t want to be associated with President Trump or accused of being “racist”.
When you think that scientists and public health officials couldn’t possibly beclown themselves any further, they beclown themselves further.
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.
Science is apolitical, amoral and heads where the evidence leads. Not all scientists can say the same about themselves.