New Routes to Making Covid-19 In The Lab

Nicholas Wade
9 min readSep 23, 2021

Chinese authorities are stonewalling all inquiries into the origin of the SARS2 virus. But that hardly seems to matter when new documents from the U.S. side are revealing so much.

It’s long been known that the EcoHealth Alliance in New York was funding researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China to manipulate SARS-like bat viruses in the laboratory. One of these manipulations could have led to the creation of the SARS2 virus, which then escaped from the lab. But there was no way to prove this, and lab leak has remained a plausible conjecture just…

Nicholas Wade

I'm a science writer and have worked on the staff of Nature, Science and, for many years, on the New York Times.