The online investigators leading the search into the COVID-19 lab leak theory | The Hindu In Focus Podcast

June 07, 2021 08:32 pm | Updated 08:32 pm IST

When proposed a year ago, the theory suggesting lab-leak origins for the coronavirus was broadly dismissed as conspiracy. Today, it is back in the reckoning. World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Tedros said in March, after a WHO-China joint mission to Wuhan dismissed the theory as being "extremely unlikely", that it required further investigation. His unexpected comments renewed interest, as did a statement from U.S. President Joe Biden in the last week of May ordering a probe into whether the origins were zoonotic or from a lab accident. One reason behind the renewed attention is the information dug up, although still only circumstantial, by a group of online investigators, called DRASTIC. In this episode, we are joined by The Hindu's Ramya Kannan who has been following their work, explains what they have found so far, and what we know and don't know about the origins of the pandemic.

Show Notes

Ramya Kannan, Online group digs deeper into coronavirus leak theory

Host: Ananth Krishnan, China correspondent, The Hindu

Guest: Ramya Kannan, Chief of Bureau, The Hindu

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