This is the crux of the matter.

Add to that the team leader, Peter Embarek, is a foodborne diseases expert. Maybe that explains why China chose him instead of the 3 US candidates.

No surprise then that the report goes for food-induced zoonoses, despite any evidence for it.

When you have a hammer as only tool (and there was not one lab-forensic expert in the team) - then everything is a nail.

We needed people like Tony Della Porta.…

But wait, China did not want him to do the investigation of the SARS Beijing leaks in 2004.

The problem is that Tony did a great job investigating the Singapore SARS leak and then the Taiwan SARS one in 2003.

Way too good a job for Beijing. So he was not picked up.

And predictably the WHO 'investigation' of the Beijing leak was a whitewash.
👉🏻No report ever published!

At the end of the day, it's the same story of hiding the truth, hiding the numbers, not cooperating and dancing around the WHO.

SARS 2002/03, Beijing SARS leak 2004, Covid-19 it's all the same pattern of non-cooperation and deception.…

The only real change is that China is only getting better at it.

It is NOT more transparent. It is NOT cooperating more (in any real sense). It is just smarter at pretending.

But it is essentially the same story.

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