The Unproven Lab Leak Theory Puts Pressure On China — But It May Backfire

From the beginning of the pandemic, the debate about the origins of the coronavirus was immediately politicized by former President Donald Trump. But now international efforts to investigate and find answers have stalled. NPR’s Will Stone explains why.

Despite a new focus on the lab leak theory, many scientists still believe the virus emerged naturally, reports NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel.

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik has also reported on the media’s coverage of the lab leak theory.

Listen to Fresh Air‘s interview with Vanity Fair’s Katherine Eban on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Pocket Casts. Read Eban’s article about the lab leak theory here: The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins.

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