The ‘Lab Leak’ Debate Matters — But Not for the Reasons You Think
— Open discussion in science is a necessity
MedPage Today by Vinay Prasad, MD, MPHJune 1, 2021
First, an admission: this is not really a column about the origin of SARS-CoV-2. Others have written great ones, and I am not terribly interested in the question. Why? Right now, the two most widely discussed possibilities are the virus underwent zoonotic transmission (from some animal to a person), possibly at a wet market, and the other is that it escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology due to poor safety protocols in a biosafety level (BSL) 3 or 4 laboratory.