Some United States officials continue to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, for instance, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said: “We need a credible, open, transparent international investigation led by the World Health Organization…We do not believe that China has made available sufficient original data into how this pandemic began to spread, both in China and then eventually around the world.” Sullivan continues to reject claims by scientists from about 10 countries that there is no evidence to suggest the novel coronavirus originated in China. Nobody knew anything about the novel coronavirus when it emerged, yet the underlying charge is that China’s early approach to the virus must have been resolutely omniscient, with anything short of such being deemed “guilty” in terms of a cover-up. Here the narrative again supersedes fact. Why does the origin and circumstances of a disease have to be pinned on a given country, territory or political system? Viruses are part of our world. They do not respect or discriminate between national boundaries or political systems, and their microscopic size means we cannot deal with (or understand) them like we do with things easily visible. It is a fallacy to conceive the origin and transmission of… Read full this story
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