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Wuhan Lab Leak Possible Cause For Covid-19 Pandemic

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A leak from the Virology Institute in Wuhan is the most likely cause of the pandemic according to a recently published investigative article that is causing waves. The Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda machine and other players were quick to ensure that the lab theory was deemed to be a conspiracy. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has cautioned against blaming China, warning against conspiracy theories. In this extra Sunday edition, Ola Wong explains why the origin of the virus has become a controversial issue. And why the media did not follow up the lead when Donald Trump identified the Institute in Wuhan as a potential source. Läs den svenska versionen.

Av Ola Wong | 27 maj 2021
Ola Wong är Kvartals kulturredaktör, Kina-kännare och författare.
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The original article was published on May 23, 2021.

Ola Wong is Kvartal’s editor for the culture section, China expert, and writer.

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It is fully acceptable to mention the Brazilian mutation, to raise the alarm about the British mutation, or express fear of the South African or Indian variants of the virus. But if you mention China, you risk being labeled as a racist or accused of spreading conspiracy theories. Why has the origin of the virus become such a contentious issue?

MSB’s report serves the Communist Party

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