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Re: Dr Peter Doshi, BMJ ed. on changing definition of vaccine
I thought the lab leak hypothesis (china version) was emphasised initially by right wing media under trump and at that time the 'liberal' media downplayed or pushed back on it somewhat (cos trump) - but then when Biden came in, they remembered how handy it is to have something to bash china about, forgot all about their previous positions, and then there was a flurry of scare pieces about china leaks in places like the guardian (I just had a quick google and there are quite a few mainstream results that are at least equivocal - doesn't seem to be dismissed all that much (the top one was actually from Thacker in BMJ (as above)). In both cases it sounded like some propaganda at work stretching the scant available science to suit. The stuff about Fauci etc all seems a bit of the usual six degrees of Kevin bacon level stuff, but I'm open to more evidence.
(of course we could distinguish between created anew in a lab (not plausible/obvious in the genetics), and a 'natural' virus being cultivated and 'gain of functioned' in a lab, but this possibly unfalsifiable on the basis of the genetics alone - if the virus is developed 'naturally' by selection to gain the desired 'function', wouldn't it be indistinguishable from the wild version? (genetic insertion tech would be detectable I guess, but would also defeat the object of gain of function research) (shyaku can put me right (or you)) - but any virus developed in the wild could be said to have had this done)
The rest of the article is also worth considering seems to me