A classified intelligence report from the U.S. Department of Energy that concluded the COVID-19 pandemic likely originated from a laboratory leak may give a boost to those who support the theory, but scientists say it certainly won’t end the debate over the origin of the virus.
Indeed, some say a definitive answer may never be found.
“There are many cold criminal cases that never get solved, despite intense efforts to do so because they don’t have sufficient evidence as to what happened. I think you have a very similar situation here,” said Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
“We’re never really going to know.”
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Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University and director of the university’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law agreed that it’s very unlikely the origin will ever be solved.
“I think …