A molecular biologist named Alina Chan, from The Broad Institute, a joint research venture between Harvard University and MIT, told NBC News last Wednesday that the Wuhan Lab leak hypothesis of CoVid-19’s origin was initially discounted by the scientific community because it was promoted by Donald Trump. This is a stunning admission.
Chan is one of 18 scientists who co-published a letter to Science Magazine last month, calling for a deeper investigation into the origins of the pandemic, including a serious evaluation of the ‘lab-leak theory.’ While the letter itself doesn’t directly discuss politics, much less Trump, it does call for the scientific community to start a real investigation of the origin of the virus and has been credited with kick-starting the movement to put politics aside, and get serious about the Wuhan ‘lab-leak theory.’
In an interview about that letter with NBC’s Denise Chow, Alina Chan said that politicization of the issue during the Trump administration kept many scientists silent about CoVid-19’s origin, stating, “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.”
Noting that the scientific community is now more comfortable with confronting the theory, NBC finished the piece with a brief quote from Penn State Epidemiologist Maciej Boni, “There has been no new evidence over the past 16 months that the virus had a lab origin.”
Presumably, this was intended to drive home the point that the lengthy delay in investigating the virus’s origin was purely political; nothing has changed from a scientific standpoint.
Some on the far-left are still having difficulty untangling politics from scientific reality; the reaction to Jon Stewart’s appearance on Stephen Colbert’s evening program just last week serves as an example.
However, every American, regardless of their orientation on the political spectrum, should be deeply concerned about the upper echelons of the American and global scientific communities being so susceptible to political pressure.
At this crucial time in our history, when Americans’ trust in government is near all time lows, American families are forced to deal with technocratic mandates from Washington and partisans on both sides regulatory accuse the other of being “anti-science,” the absolute last thing this country needs is an en masse loss of faith in the impartiality of the scientific community.