A Wuhan Scientist Speaks Out

One of the enduring questions around the coronavirus pandemic is what triggered it, an issue now mired in geopolitical intrigue and scientific speculation.

Finding an answer is critical to helping the world understand what hit us, and making sure it doesn’t happen again.

Unfortunately, the answers have been hard to come by. The Chinese government has resisted giving outside experts unfettered access to its laboratories and public health information, while others, including U.S. politicians, have leveled undocumented claims that the pathogen may have been maliciously created inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

For the first time, a foreign scientist who was working inside the institute’s highest level biocontainment lab is sharing her experience on the ground, just as Covid-19 was starting to emerge. Danielle Anderson, now at the University of Melbourne’s Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, paints a picture of a highly-regulated and tightly-run facility, with extensive protocols in place to ensure safety.

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