Did SARS-CoV-2 Leak from a Lab?
A Virtual Conversation with Investigative Journalist Katherine Eban
Thursday, July 8, at 7 PM EDT on Zoom
Science Writers in New York welcomes back investigative journalist Katherine Eban (@KatherineEban) for a virtual conversation with SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) about her latest article in Vanity Fair, “The Lab-Leak Theory, Inside the Fight to Unlock COVID-19’s Origins.”
In her own investigation into the lab leak theory and whether it’s credible, Katherine spent months investigating the story, conducting dozens of interviews and reviewing hundreds of pages of U.S. government documents, including internal memos, meeting minutes and emails.
In her article, Katherine notes that throughout 2020, the idea that the novel coronavirus leaked from a lab was off-limits, even dismissed as racist. In February 2020, The Lancet published a statement from health scientists, who said: “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.”
In early June, President Biden ordered a further U.S. intelligence investigation into the origins of COVID-19, and whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident. The President asked for a report back in 90 days.
About Katherine Eban
Investigative journalist Katherine Eban is a Vanity Fair contributing editor and Andrew Carnegie fellow. Her latest book, Bottle of Lies, is an explosive narrative investigation of the generic drug boom that reveals fraud and life-threatening dangers on a global scale.
Katherine’s articles on pharmaceutical counterfeiting, gun trafficking, and coercive interrogations by the CIA have won international attention and numerous awards. She has also written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Self, The Nation, the New York Observer and other publications. Her work has been featured on 60 Minutes, Nightline, NPR, and other national news programs. She lectures frequently on the topic of pharmaceutical integrity.
Her first book, Dangerous Doses: a True Story of Cops, Counterfeiters and the Contamination of America’s Drug Supply, was named one of the Best Books of 2005 by Kirkus Reviews and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Her account of reporting on 9/11 was anthologized in At Ground Zero: 25 Stories From Young Reporters Who Were There. Her work has also been awarded grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the McGraw Center for Business Journalism at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.
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Thursday, July 8
7 to 8 PM EDT