March 14: Was COVID-19 Caused by a Lab Leak in China?

Was COVID-19 Caused by a Lab Leak in China?

A Virtual Conversation with Dr. John Moore

Tuesday, March 14 at 7 PM EDT on Zoom

In late February, the U.S. Department of Energy gave a “low-confidence assessment” that the origin of COVID-19 was most likely due to a laboratory leak in China. FBI Director Christopher Wray also endorsed the theory, with moderate confidence, that the virus was due to a lab leak.

In an article in Axios, the author said “the debate boils down to whether it’s more likely the virus spread from infected animals — such as at a live market in Wuhan to people at and around the market — or that researchers at a laboratory in Wuhan accidentally became infected with a virus being studied and then spread it to others.”

Here to give us perspective is virologist Dr. John Moore, professor of microbiology and immunology at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Moore will talk to SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) about the recent government reports, his views on their accuracy and what lessons can be learned to prevent future pandemics.

About Dr. John Moore

John P. Moore, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology at Weill Cornell Medicine, is known for his research on HIV/AIDS. He previously worked at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center. He received his BA, MA, MPhil. and PhD degrees from Cambridge University, UK. He joined Weill Cornell in 2000. The focus of his research has been on the HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins. He directs several NIH and other sponsored grants.

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Tuesday, March 14, 7 to 8 pm EDT


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