The covid-19 lab leak hypothesis: did the media fall victim to a misinformation campaign?

@article{Thacker2021TheCL,
  title={The covid-19 lab leak hypothesis: did the media fall victim to a misinformation campaign?},
  author={Paul D. Thacker},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={2021},
  volume={374}
}
The theory that SARS-CoV-2 may have originated in a lab was considered a debunked conspiracy theory, but some experts are revisiting it amid calls for a new, more thorough investigation. Paul Thacker explains the dramatic U turn and the role of contemporary science journalism 
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