The Muddy Waters Group
This investigation focused on the question of the origins of the pandemic. It could not determine whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus was a product of nature alone or possible genetic manipulation. The preponderance of information affirms the plausibility of a research-related incident that was likely unintentional resulting from failures of biosafety containment during vaccine-related research. The nature of the identified biosafety vulnerabilities increased the likelihood that such containment failures were not immediately recognized. The possibility of unrecognized biocontainment breaches combined with SARS- CoV-2 clinical characteristics of asymptomatic infection and mild clinical illness in the majority of infections likely confounded early recognition and containment of the initial outbreak. Such initial unrecognized infections could serve as the nidus of the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan and is a plausible proximate cause of the pandemic.
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