What Happens If the Coronavirus Wuhan Lab Leak Thesis Is True?

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Until a few weeks ago, allegations that the virus may have originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology rather than in nature were widely dismissed as an unfounded conspiracy theory. President Trump’s receptivity to the theory led to knee‐​jerk conclusions about it being explicitly or implicitly racist as well. … The final blow to the blackout on debate came in late May when the Biden administration authorized a comprehensive investigation to discover the source of the coronavirus. That move was a complete reversal of the administration’s policy during its initial weeks in office when it shut down a similar investigation that the Trump administration had authorized. These developments could have monumental implications for Washington’s policy toward the People’s Republic of China (PRC). If the lab leak hypothesis proves true, anti‐​China hawks in the United States will claim vindication — with good reason.” (06/02/21)