1/ Many people have asked about the politics of the #COVID19 origins debate after I was featured on @60Minutes. It’s tragic that politics is preventing the full investigation that’s required, but the story is a bit complicated. Follow this thread for more. cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-…
2/ Can understand why Chinese gov’t promoting zoonotic jump & cold chain #COVID19 origin hypotheses & squash consideration of lab leak. There’s a big difference btw getting cancer from sun exposure than from #Chernobyl. It's harder to understand why some int’l experts play along.
3/ Most noticed I was calling on @60Minutes for a full investigation into all #COVID19 origin hypotheses but @PeterDaszak unwilling to seriously consider or look into possible lab leak. Ruling out valid hypotheses from the start violates the scientific method. @mattwridley
4/ People have asked me if I believe @PeterDaszak is on China’s payroll or acting in bad faith & I always say no. I believe he’s fighting to defend his life’s work & field. But so often in life, if we aren't careful, our greatest strengths can become our greatest vulnerabilities.
5/ Many virologists like @PeterDaszak have spent their lives sounding the alarm about pandemics & calling for the protection of wild spaces, slowing climate change, anticipating future threats, etc. Most of this is essential (not gain of function research on dangerous pathogens).
6/ If the story of #COVID19 is nature countering human abuse & encroachment through zoonosis, that would send a powerful message encouraging us to find a better balance w/ nature. It would empower ecologists & virologists. But what if that’s not how the pandemic actually began?
7/ I’ve outlined why I believe a lab-related incident is the most likely #COVID19 origin hypothesis in my website, interviews, & writing. Don’t just believe me because I had a fun conversation w/ @JoeRogan. Review the evidence & draw your own conclusions. jamiemetzl.com/origins-of-sar…
8/ If #COVID19 should be proven to stem from a lab incident, that could negatively impact virology like #Chernobyl & 3 Mile Island impacted nuclear science. No wonder experts like @PeterDaszak & @K_G_Andersen fighting back tooth & nail.
9/ Unfortunately, ppl like @PeterDaszak & @K_G_Andersen fighting so hard to protect their preferred origin hypotheses they’re reverting to derision & obfuscation. Better for them to support a full investigation of all hypotheses, including a lab incident.
10/ Some int’l experts fighting to defend their longtime collaboration w/ #ShiZhengli. The crux of the int’l committee’s argument against considering the lab leak hypothesis is their trust in her. If she’s proven unreliable that line of argument collapses. dailycaller.com/2021/03/23/shi…
11/ But we can’t allow the fact that the Chinese gov’t & a few int’l experts favor the zoonosis hypothesis get in the way of our critical need to fully examine all origin hypotheses. That’s the essential message of our open letter. nytimes.com/interactive/20…
12/ Now that @DrTedros has fully supported a full investigation into all origin hypotheses, I hope we can bury once & for all the crazy notion that some credible #COVID19 hypotheses shouldn't even be investigated. The next step is making this happen. bbc.com/news/world-asi…
13/ We all know it’s critical to stop the destruction of wild spaces, protect our biosphere, ensure proper regulation of BSL labs, etc., but understanding how #COVID19 began will help us prioritize among these activities. It’s like needing to understand why each plane crashes.
14/ Hope everyone can agree we need a full & unrestricted int’l investigation into all #COVID19 origin hypotheses w/ full access to all relevant records, samples & personnel. We need to rally behind @DrTedros & call on our leaders to make the necessary full investigation happen.

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30 Mar
1/ Having read the int’l cttee/Chinese gov’t #COVID19 origins report & watched the @WHO presser, it’s clear 1) the report is fatally flawed, 2) there’s currently no credible int’l investigation into pandemic origins, & 3) we desperately need one. Follow this thread for more.
2/ The core problem is clearly structural. The int’l team saw its task as finding a zoonotic source of animal transition in the wild, not seeking the actual source of the pandemic. There’s a big difference. They set out to prove one hypothesis, not fairly examine all of them.
3/ That’s why no one at @WHO fully recognized the massive CoI that 4 int’l committee members had prior working relationships with the #Wuhan Institute of Virology. Surprised the team took #ShiZhengli at her word rather than actually investigating?
Read 22 tweets
23 Mar
1/ A number of media organizations have reached out to me re my question to #SheZhengli earlier today abt whether the Chinese military was doing secret research at the #Wuhan Institute of Virology & her emphatic answer that it most certainly was not. Follow this thread for more.
2/ Dr. Shi said today that there was no Chinese military activity at the WIV. The US government finding released January 15 asserts that there was. Both of these claims cannot simultaneously be true. @ODNIgov @StateDept @Chinamission2un 2017-2021.state.gov/ensuring-a-tra…
3/ If #ShiZhengli is correct, the credibility of the US @StateDept & @ODNIgov wld be undermined significantly. If the US gov't is correct, then all of Dr. Shi's claims regarding WIV research & the absence of SARS-CoV-2 or precursor viruses in WIV repositories wld be in doubt.
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23 Mar
Let me get this straight. The Chinese gov't says it can't share anonymized data about the origins of the pandemic due to privacy concerns while the same gov't is forcibly extracting genetic samples from #Uighurs, #Tibetans, etc. Hmmm. news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-1…
The collection of genetic data in #China "is being done without consent because citizens living in an authoritarian state have virtually no right to refuse." If anonymized data can be shared safely in democracies it can be shared safely everywhere. nytimes.com/2020/06/17/wor…
I encourage you to read this excellent report on genomic surveillance in #China, written by @ASPI_org. aspi.org.au/report/genomic…
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4 Mar
1/ Honored to have co-led a process bringing together experts from around the world calling for a full & unrestricted int'l forensic investigation into the origins of #COVID19. Here's a copy of the open letter we released today. s.wsj.net/public/resourc…
2/ The joint "investigation" by the WHO-appointed independent experts and the Chinese government may unearth useful tidbits, but it's structurally not capable of carrying out the full investigation that's required.
3/ @Peterfoodsafety @MarionKoopmans & the other @WHO appointed independent experts are in a real bind: a consensus report with the Chinese gov't can't be fully credible but an honest and full report couldn't get Chinese gov't sign off.
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22 Feb
26/ Because Twitter threads only go up to 25, this thread is the continuation of my last on the origins of #COVID19, the @WHO, @mattpottinger, @jakejsullivan etc. Please read that before this chain, if you can.
27/ This process puts the @WHO at risk just when we need it most. However the pandemic began, making sure the entire global population is vaccinated via #COVAX is essential to the safety of everyone on earth.
28/ That’s why we need to help rescue @WHO from the likely train wreck of the #COVID19 investigation. We need to renegotiate terms of reference for a full and unrestricted forensic investigation.
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22 Feb
1/ If you haven’t seen @MattPottinger’s interview on @facethenation, I strongly encourage you to do so at this link. Follow this full thread for my response.
2/ @MattPottinger is someone I respect greatly. His efforts to try to do the right thing within the chaos & malfeasance of the #Trump White House is nothing short of heroic. I urge you to learn more about Matt’s work in this excellent @newyorker piece. newyorker.com/magazine/2021/…
3/ In @MattPottinger’s @facethenation interview, he rightly rakes China over the coals. It's my view the #COVID19 catastrophe would likely not have happened but for the failure of the Chinese government rooted in the distinct pathologies of China’s authoritarian system.
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