1/ The @MaEllenSirleaf @HelenClarkNZ @TheIndPanel #pandemic preparedness & response report makes essential recommendations that must be realized but is also dangerously incomplete. Supporting what's great in the report requires highlighting what is wrong. theindependentpanel.org
2/ Calling #COVID19 “the 21st century’s Chernobyl moment” w/o referencing #China’s role in starting the pandemic is like not mentioning USSR dysfunction & bad reactor design in a #Chernobyl after-action analysis.
3/ The #LastPandemic report presents a sanitized history that significantly let's China off the hook & doesn't mention how #China’s massive & ongoing coverup massively amplified the crisis. #Trump’s catastrophic failure also added fuel to the fire.
4/ The #LastPandemic report fails mention #China's ongoing effort to destroy samples, hide records, imprison journalists & enforce a universal gag order in Chinese scientists. The #SarsCoV2 sequence was released as an act of defiance.
5/ The report doesn't mention the very real possibility #COVID19 stems from an accidental lab incident & makes no recommendations re the regulation of high containment labs around the world doing dangerous work, including the now infamous #gainoffunction. jamiemetzl.com/origins-of-sar…
6/ Hopefully a full investigation will tell whether #COVID19 stems from zoonosis in the wild or an accidental lab incident. Issuing a report about pandemic preparedness w/o referencing the lab incident hypothesis is like issuing a #Chernobyl report w/o referencing reactor design.
7/ The broader issue is that we’re asking int’l committees like this to write reports that won't upset #China, so we get half truths & compromises that fundamentally undermine the credibility of the committees & the int’l orgs w/ which they are associated. This can’t be right.
8/ If our world has a #China problem, we’ve got to be honest about that. Lowering our standards as a price for Chinese cooperation will, in my view, prove a tragic mistake in the medium to long-term, even if it may smooth some waters today.
9/ I fully support nearly all of the outstanding recommendations in the #LastPandemic report, but this is not a moment for half-truths. This is a moment for fearless courage. We've got to be honest about the problems we face to have the best chance of fixing them.
10/ Millions of people are dead because we didn't fully address the pandemic threat after #SARS. It's not coincidental the same coverup that exacerbated SARS1 came back to haunt us in SARS2. Many more will die unnecessarily in future pandemics if we can’t be brutally honest now.
11/ In sum: I fully welcome the #LastPandemic report. Making most if its recommendations happen is critical to our future safety. But we must build on a solid foundation of fearless honesty. Any edifice built on weak foundations will eventually collapse.
12/ What do you think?

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3 Apr
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
Read 14 tweets
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.
Read 7 tweets
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.
Read 6 tweets
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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