Origin stories

I am nearly finished with VIRAL, the book from from Alina Chan and Matt Ridley that meticulously documents the origins of SARS-Cov-2.

Let’s just say it raises lots of questions about what China (and China’s top coronavirus scientists) knew and when they knew it.

But it raises another question: WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN CHINA THE LAST TWO YEARS? Has China really controlled the virus far better than any other large and/or wealthy country? If so, how? And why have the Chinese been so reluctant to use mRNA vaccines - either from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna or homegrown?

These questions are of particular importance because they are the flip side of the US Covid origin story: What did Dr. Anthony Fauci and the bright boys know or suspect about the origins of SARS-Cov-2? When did they know it? And how did that knowledge affect the way Fauci responded to and steered the American response to the pandemic - including his desire to find a way to solve the crisis with an NIH-supported mRNA vaccine?

The Chinese side may be impossible to crack - at least without humint the US does not seem to have. Fauci and the bright boys, however, are going to have some ‘splaining to do. If not now, in early 2023. Hopefully not too many files will be lost before then.