Where did COVID-19 come from? For a long time after the outbreak of the global pandemic, even posing this question was considered controversial. But several voices have long challenged the assertion that the virus has a zoonotic (animal) origin from a natural setting – and instead argue there are strong arguments in support of the theory that it escaped from a laboratory setting.
On March 30, MLI Domestic Policy Director Aaron Wudrick hosted a conversation with Dr. Alina Chan and Matt Ridley, authors of the revised and updated paperback edition of Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19. The panel discussed the evolution of the public debate on the virus’ origin, and new evidence which has come to light in support of the lab leak theory.