Good review of @WHO origins report w/ comments from @edwardcholmes "The most likely has always been, & still remains, an animal to human jump, with bats the most likely point of origin but probably through another animal."…
“The pathway forward appears to be twofold: 1) try to find more cases of people who had respiratory diseases prior to the 1st case reported in Dec 2019, & are there samples available? That’s really important. It could be Wuhan, Hubei Province or another part of China."
“2nd, the famous Wuhan market came back into focus, not as the place where it emerged, because that’s still not clear, but I think the report is saying – almost between the lines – that animal wildlife farming is most likely responsible."
“Strikes me China's pushed back quite firmly on this, suggesting there’s something to it. It’s a big industry, which may be why they don’t like to discuss it. We need to 'follow the animals' across China/SE Asia. That's where something happened, that’s the strongest suggestion.

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22 Feb
Important work here from @edwardcholmes & colleagues providing more evidence that insertions in spike proteins of bat & pangolin SARSr-CoVs show similarities across diff CoVs & therefore arise naturally.…
“..there have been suggestions that scientists should stop investigating the diversity of coronaviruses in bats & other animals (Baker, 2021). We contend that the world should do the opposite if we are to be better prepared to prevent the next pandemic of an emergent coronavirus”
“[these new bat-CoVs] possess different combinations of spike motifs in ..RBD & S1/S2 junction that were 1st described in SARS-CoV-2. These observations are consistent with the natural origin of SARS-CoV-2 & strongly inconsistent with a laboratory origin.”
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9 Feb
.@WHO Press conference begins in Wuhan. The whole expert group is in a room just 100 yds away, watching on the big screen & live tweeting. @MarionKoopmans represents the expert group on the call. @Peterfoodsafety Team lead for WHO side & Dr. Liang Wannian, taking the lead here. Image
We're watching live on @cgtn - available in most countries if you want to listen in, or you can try to log on to the zoom.
Join the WHO press conference:
Zoom link:
Password: WHO+OMS+
Webinar ID: 978 4821 7705
Numeric Passcode for telephone: 67652470
International numbers available:
3:31 PM
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9 Feb
Worth watching if the timezones work for you. Summary report will be released & evidence, results of joint work discussed.…
Prob delay to around 4.45 or 5pm local time.
The two team leads will talk with the press - the China team lead Dr. Liang Wannian & the @WHO team lead Dr. Peter Ben Embarek. We'll be watching from a room round the corner - looking forward to watching!
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10 Dec 20
This is becoming a pattern! Another person working for @realDonaldTrump who agitated for @NIHDirector to cancel our funding now being given Remdesivir which was tested w/ results from our grant. @RudyGiulianli you are welcome & I wish you a speedy recovery!…
Here's @RudyGiuliani advocating for our reseach funds to be canceled based on erroneous information
Here's his key 'witness' regurgitating these false conspiracy theories & somehow linking them to unproven accusations of election tinkering.…
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5 Dec 20
Here's a fascinating paper (preprint) that analyzes relative influence of international scientific experts (purple) vs. other groups on discourse re. COVID. You can see how rapidly politically-motivated communities (green) took over the conversation in Feb 2020 (fig. 3d, e).
Relative size of political community (blue) vs. others on Twitter discussion of COVID-19. Nice visualization! Thanks to @MarionKoopmans for sending the link. Great analysis from @FraDurazzi & colleagues! Part of the @EuropeVeo that I'm now on Sci. Advisory Board of.
Full reprint available here.
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29 Nov 20
Despite headline, I can't find a paper that reports SARS-CoV or SARS-CoV-2 in foxes. Here is the @OIEAnimalHealth guidance this article refers to - no mention of foxes, although it broadly suggests should have heightened concern over all farmed mammals…
Raccoon dogs, mink, ferrets, rabbits known to be infected in lab or farms w/ SARS-CoV-2. Other species known to be receptive to this virus or SARS-CoV (e.g. civets, cats, dogs), so ample reason for concern, increased surveillance etc.
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