‘Pure baloney’: Zoologist debunks Trump’s Covid-19 origin theory, explains animal-human transmission

US President Donald Trump is trying to deflect attention from his handling of the pandemic by waging a war on public health experts and science, threatening to cut World Health Organization funding and fuelling a theory that the coronavirus came from a lab in Wuhan, China.

Democracy Now! speaks to a zoologist who has been sounding the alarm about a coming pandemic for years. “The idea that this virus escaped from a lab is just pure baloney,” says Peter Daszak, disease ecologist and the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit that works globally to identify and study our vulnerabilities to emerging infectious disease. “These pandemic viruses that emerge originate in wildlife.”

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