Nicholas Wade interviewed me once, in 1998, when he wrote for the NY Times. He then moved to Science magazine with 2 other science reporters from the Times. He is apparently retired now, since his new opus is posted on Medium.
What this long report has, almost uniquely, is an absence of specialist jargon. If you have the time for a long read and want to get into the meat of the origin story as explained by a writer skilled in making his work accessible to everyone, this could be the article to read.
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach three million people. Yet the origin of pandemic remains uncertain: the political agendas of governments and scientists have generated thick clouds of obfuscation, which the mainstream press seems helpless to dispel.
In what follows I will sort through the available scientific facts, which hold many clues as to what happened, and provide readers with the evidence to make their own judgments. I will then try to assess the complex issue of blame, which starts with, but extends far beyond, the government of China…